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Lord Butler of Brockwell

Crossbench - Life peer

Became Member: 12th February 1998


Lord Butler of Brockwell is not a member of any APPGs
1 Former APPG membership
Cayman Islands
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
19th Jan 2022 - 30th May 2024
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
23rd Sep 2020 - 9th Feb 2022
Gambling Industry Committee
13th Jun 2019 - 16th Jun 2020
EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 2nd Jul 2019
Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (Joint Committee)
25th Nov 2015 - 11th Feb 2016
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
26th Oct 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Procedure and Privileges Committee
16th May 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
25th Nov 2009 - 15th May 2013
Leader's Group on Working Practices
27th Jul 2010 - 26th Apr 2011


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Butler of Brockwell has voted in 237 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord True (Conservative)
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
(13 debate interactions)
Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(12 debate interactions)
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(36 debate contributions)
Home Office
(11 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2021
(3,066 words contributed)
Finance Act 2022
(2,520 words contributed)
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Lord Butler of Brockwell has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Butler of Brockwell has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 10 Written Questions

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1 Other Department Questions
21st Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will provide an update on the progress of the technical group on loot boxes, which was expected to be published in the first quarter of 2023.

His Majesty’s Government is committed to ensuring that video games can be enjoyed safely by everyone. The Government Response to the Call for Evidence on Loot Boxes in Video Games set out that the games industry should take the lead in strengthening protections for children and adults. Specifically, the Government’s view is that purchases of loot boxes should be unavailable to children unless and until they are enabled by a parent or guardian, and that all players should have access to, and be aware of, spending controls and transparent information to support safe and responsible gaming.

Since then, the Government has convened a technical working group to pursue enhanced industry-led solutions to achieve these objectives. This has brought together representatives from the games industry, and we have engaged with regulators, academics, and consumer groups to ensure that measures are workable for players and parents.

This work is ongoing, and we will provide an update on the progress of the technical working group process in the coming months.

30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord True on 29 June (HL5988), what are the current circumstances delaying the reappointment of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.

The Intelligence and Security Committee was reconstituted on 14 July 2020.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the terrorist attack in Reading on 20 June, when the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will be appointed. [T]

I refer the noble Lord to my answer given to PQ HL3315 on 4 May 2020. The Committee is being formed in the normal way and as quickly as current circumstances allow. An announcement will be made in due course.

Lord True
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 28 May (HL4351), what estimate they have made of the effect of any increase in the number of deliveries during the COVID-19 lockdown on traffic statistics.

The Department has been producing and monitoring daily road traffic figures during the COVID-19 lockdown period. These daily road traffic figures are published on the Gov.uk website.

These figures have seen differing trends for commercial and private traffic. However, it is not possible to infer the purpose of journeys, such as increased deliveries, from the daily road traffic series.

12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the greater use of delivery vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic

Supermarkets are responding to the extremely high demand for delivery slots and there has been considerable growth in online delivery across all supermarkets. In some cases, retailers have worked to double their number of online delivery slots available. Recent Kantar Worldpanel Data suggests that online sales now account for 10.2% of overall grocery, versus 7.4% last month, with the greatest increase among older shoppers (last 4 weeks ending 19 April 2020). These increases have ensured that everybody will have access to the food that they need. The Department welcomes the actions that industry is taking, including hiring more staff and prioritising delivery slots for those that need them most.

Additionally, Ministers have asked local authorities to show flexibility to allow extended delivery hours to supermarkets to ensure shelves can be replenished more quickly. The Government recognises that whilst the increased frequency of deliveries could have a temporary impact on local residents, this needs to be balanced by the significant public interest in ensuring local residents have continued access to food and other essential goods in their local shops.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their scientific advice rules out the possibility that COVID-19 was present in the UK in December 2019. [T]

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

On 12 January 2020, it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified in samples obtained from cases and that initial analysis of virus genetic sequences suggested that this was the cause of the outbreak. This virus is referred to as SARS-CoV-2, and the associated disease as COVID-19.

The first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom were identified on 30 January 2020. Whilst it is unlikely that COVID-19 was present in the UK in December 2019, we are unable to rule out the possibility since in December 2019 the virus had not yet been identified. Public Health England developed a pan-coronavirus assay many years ago and were testing samples using this assay throughout January and did not detect any other cases.

25th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 24 July (HL9391), whether the legislation needed to enable prescribing of controlled drugs by paramedic independent prescribers is capable of being made by statutory instrument; and if so, what is the reason for their delay in making it.

I reaffirm that the Government intends to legislate to enable prescribing of controlled drugs by paramedic independent prescribers alongside other changes relating to use of controlled drugs in healthcare by podiatrists, therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers, and those acting under Patient Group Directions.

The changes are capable of being made by a Statutory Instrument and we will bring forward legislation as soon as possible, but this will remain subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the then Minister of State at the Home Office to the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, dated 30 September 2022, what is the reason for the delay in making the regulatory changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, with particular reference to the prescribing of controlled drugs by paramedic independent prescribers.

The Government responded to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) on 3 October 2022 about paramedic independent prescribers.

As the letter indicates, the Government intends to legislate to enable prescribing of controlled drugs by paramedic independent prescribers alongside other changes relating to use of controlled drugs in healthcare by podiatrists, therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers, and those acting under Patient Group Directions. We will bring forward legislation as soon as possible, but this will remain subject to Parliamentary procedure.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the letter from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care on 18 October 2019, what plans they have to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to enable paramedics (1) to prescribe, and (2) to administer, the drugs specified by NHS England.

The Government is considering the advice provided by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on the independent prescribing and administration of specified controlled drugs by paramedics and intends to respond in the near future.

The Home Office works closely with the Department of Health and Social Care on issues concerning the use of controlled drugs in healthcare, and this timescale reflects the balance of priorities within Government, in particular in addressing COVID-19. The response will be published on gov.uk.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Supreme Court judgement in R v Adams (Appellant) (Northern Ireland) on 13 May, how many other temporary detention Orders under Article 4(1) of the Detention of Terrorists (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 were signed by a Minister of State or Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State. [T]

The Government is considering the implications of the Supreme Court judgment, central to which is the issue of Interim Custody Orders which were considered and signed by Ministers during periods of internment in Northern Ireland. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.