Lord Leigh of Hurley Portrait

Lord Leigh of Hurley

Conservative - Life peer

Became Member: 16th September 2013


2 APPG memberships (as of 13 May 2024)
Entrepreneurship, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
2 Former APPG memberships
River Thames, Running
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
20th Jul 2022 - 31st Jan 2023
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Sep 2018 - 4th Nov 2019
Finance Committee (Lords)
1st Sep 2016 - 12th Sep 2017
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
6th Dec 2016 - 17th Mar 2017
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
12th Jun 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
8th Jan 2014 - 11th Mar 2014


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Leigh of Hurley has voted in 524 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

6 Dec 2021 - Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Leigh of Hurley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 14 Conservative Aye votes vs 70 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 25 Noes - 74
7 Mar 2023 - National Security Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Leigh of Hurley voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 3 Conservative Aye votes vs 163 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 132 Noes - 180
27 Jun 2023 - Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Leigh of Hurley voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Conservative Aye votes vs 141 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 164 Noes - 150
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(28 debate interactions)
Baroness Penn (Conservative)
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
(21 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
(16 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(24 debate contributions)
Department for Business and Trade
(18 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(18 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2024
(4,971 words contributed)
Finance Act 2021
(4,905 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Leigh of Hurley, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


Lord Leigh of Hurley has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Leigh of Hurley has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 27 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
31st Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many full-time equivalent employees work in the Propriety and Ethics department in the Cabinet Office.

There are 19.3 FTE working in the P&E team broken down as follows:

Director P&E: 1 FTE

P&E Core: 6 FTE

Integrity Systems Team: 9.4 FTE

Secretariat to the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests: 2.9 FTE

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments the Insolvency Service has made under its official receiver compensation scheme in each year for which this information is available; and what is the total value of these payments in each year.

Payments made to estates for losses caused by an Official Receiver since 2018 are as follows:

Year

Total number of payments

Total amount paid out (£)

2021-22 (to end Feb)

14

12,738

2020-21

6

13,127

2019-20

5

2,376

2018-19

5

2,856

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Insolvency Service takes to promote the existence of its official receiver compensation scheme to creditors in insolvency procedures, where the official receiver has been appointed as the office holder.

There is no formal Official Receiver compensation scheme. If an Official Receiver believes that their actions have caused a loss to an insolvency estate, they will seek a payment from the Insolvency Service to compensate that estate.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
1st May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of untaxed vehicles driving on UK highways.

The outcome of the most recent roadside survey, which provides an estimate of the number of unlicensed vehicles in traffic, was published in December 2023. This showed that 98.7 per cent of vehicles across the UK were correctly licensed, which equates to an estimated 498,000 unlicensed vehicles and an evasion rate of 1.3 per cent.

The survey indicated that five per cent of the estimated 498,000 unlicensed vehicles were subject to a statutory off-road notification.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of motor vehicles which are subject to a 'statutory off road notification' but are currently on UK highways.

The outcome of the most recent roadside survey, which provides an estimate of the number of unlicensed vehicles in traffic, was published in December 2023. This showed that 98.7 per cent of vehicles across the UK were correctly licensed, which equates to an estimated 498,000 unlicensed vehicles and an evasion rate of 1.3 per cent.

The survey indicated that five per cent of the estimated 498,000 unlicensed vehicles were subject to a statutory off-road notification.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether any of the £85 million recently announced to tackle antimicrobial resistance will be used to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) globally, given the commitments outlined on WASH in the new national action plan, Confronting antimicrobial resistance 2024 to 2029.

The UK has committed up to £85 million in additional funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Of this, up to £50 million will be used to support low- and middle-income countries improve access to essential antimicrobial drugs; up to £25 million will be used to support action on AMR in the Caribbean; and up to £10 million will support a new independent science panel for AMR. It is not anticipated that these three components will directly be used to support improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The UK recognises the key importance of WASH for preventing infections and thereby preventing the emergence of AMR. In 2022, the UK invested £48 million in water supply and sanitation in developing countries. For example, we fund the multi-year £18.5 million WASH Systems for Health programme, which supports governments in six developing countries to strengthen the systems that provide sustainable WASH services - a key part of reducing the global infectious disease burden.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support healthcare facilities in developing countries to have clean water, decent toilets and better hygiene, as a cost-effective means for reducing the global infectious disease burden.

The UK is committed to supporting access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), including in healthcare facilities, as part of our approach to Ending Preventable Deaths. Our £18.5m WASH Systems for Health programme will support governments in low- and lower-middle income countries to develop stronger systems crucial to the delivery of sustainable and climate resilient WASH services - a vital part of reducing the global infectious disease burden. Additionally, the Hygiene and Behaviour Change Coalition, funded by the UK, trained 460,000 health workers on hygiene improvements, and supported 14,800 facilities with WASH supplies.

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to improve the (1) procedures, and (2) policies, for UK citizens seeking assistance following a death abroad, in particular in respect of repatriation of deceased relatives, subsequent to the murder of Daniel and Amelie Linsey in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2020.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) consular staff are available to offer appropriate and tailored support to British nationals and their families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. The support we can provide is set out in Support for British nationals abroad: A guide, available on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide). The FCDO seek continuously to improve our processes and services by acting on feedback and reviewing what we do. The FCDO is an active member of international consular forums and learns from, and shares experiences and best practice with, a range of other countries.

The FCDO provides tailored support to families bereaved overseas, including providing information on local police and judicial procedures. Since 2015, the FCDO's Murder and Manslaughter Team have provided dedicated tailored support to families bereaved through homicide abroad. This includes working closely with a range of other organisations such as police Family Liaison Officers where these are deployed, and the Homicide Service in England and Wales, to help families access specialist services. A Memorandum of Understanding between the FCDO, National Police Chiefs Council, and the Chief Coroner of England and Wales has been updated and was published on GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/murder-manslaughter-and-infanticide-of-british-nationals-abroad--2) in September 2020, setting out how each organisation coordinates delivery of their respective roles and responsibilities.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Apr 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 25 April (HL3766), when they sought permission from the EU to extend the sunset clause for enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trust schemes.

The government’s engagement with the EU Commission on the extension of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) sunset clauses is ongoing.

The government believes the schemes continue to be consistent with subsidy control principles and address an evidenced market failure.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Apr 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to remarks by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 21 February (HL Deb col 666) with regard to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement in the context of engaging with the EU for approval for extending the enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and venture capital trust (VCT) scheme, whether the subsidy control provisions of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement apply to EIS and VCT relief, in particular the requirement under Article 363 of that agreement that a subsidy must be selective.

The government is extending the sunset clause for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Venture Capital Trust (VCT) scheme to 2035.

The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement is now the primary framework governing subsidy control between the UK and EU. As such, EU State aid rules no longer apply to the UK, save for the limited circumstances covered by the Windsor Framework.

For the EIS and VCT schemes, the government is engaging with the EU, under the Windsor Framework, due to Northern Ireland’s unique access to the EU Single Market.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) cost, or (2) gain, to the Treasury of the removal of carried interest relief from capital gains tax.

Sums arising which meet the definition of carried interest are properly assessed as chargeable gains subject to capital gains tax (CGT) of 18 per cent or 28 per cent for higher rate taxpayers.

In some circumstances, it is possible for sums meeting the definition of carried interest to be subject to income tax and additionally, capital gains tax. Here, double taxation would be a disproportionate outcome so relief is provided from this higher rate CGT charge to reduce the effective taxation, but only down to the higher of the two rates.

No assessment has been made of the cost of relieving these instances of double taxation.

In 2020, the then Chancellor commissioned the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The OTS provided a costing on aligning CGT rates with those of Income Tax. Please see Paragraph 2.19 of the attached publication.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
26th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential (1) gain, or (2) loss, to the Treasury of equating capital gains and income tax votes.

Sums arising which meet the definition of carried interest are properly assessed as chargeable gains subject to capital gains tax (CGT) of 18 per cent or 28 per cent for higher rate taxpayers.

In some circumstances, it is possible for sums meeting the definition of carried interest to be subject to income tax and additionally, capital gains tax. Here, double taxation would be a disproportionate outcome so relief is provided from this higher rate CGT charge to reduce the effective taxation, but only down to the higher of the two rates.

No assessment has been made of the cost of relieving these instances of double taxation.

In 2020, the then Chancellor commissioned the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The OTS provided a costing on aligning CGT rates with those of Income Tax. Please see Paragraph 2.19 of the attached publication.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
22nd Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the net change in revenue to His Majesty's Revenue and Customs of abolishing the non-domiciled individual status in the UK.

HMRC publishes annual statistics on information about individuals claiming non-domiciled status in the UK. The latest information shows that non-UK domiciled taxpayers are estimated to have been liable to pay over £7.9 billion in UK income tax, capital gains tax and National Insurance contributions in 2020-21 and have invested over £6 billion in the UK using the Business Investment Relief scheme introduced in 2012.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
12th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the amount of national insurance contributions which would be raised if all partners of Limited Liability Partnerships were subject to employers' National Insurance contributions.

No such assessment has been carried out as the Government has no current plans to subject members of a Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) to employer National Insurance contributions (NICs).

Individual members of LLPs are taxed in the same way as partners in a general partnership, paying Class 4 and Class 2 NICs like other partners and self-employed individuals. If members fall within the salaried member rules introduced by the Finance Act 2014, they are taxed as employees, paying Class 1 NICs.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to their Growth Plan 2022 (CP 743), published on 23 September, whether the extensions to the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts will make those schemes permanent.

In the Growth Plan 2022 published on 23 September, the Government made clear its support for the Enterprise Investment/Venture Capital Trust schemes. The Government remains supportive of extending them in the future and will engage with stakeholders on the process of implementing this extension.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential increase in revenue should members of limited liability partnerships become subject to an increase in national insurance contributions from April 2022 at the same rate of increase as employees.

No such assessment has been carried out. Employees, the self-employed and members of a Limited Liability Partnership who are subject to National Insurance contributions (NICs) will also be subject to the 1.25% NICs increase for the tax year 2022/23 and the Health and Social Care Levy from April 2023.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
5th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) cashflow difficulties, and (2) compliance costs, faced by (a) small, and (b) medium, sized UK businesses from recent changes to the VAT regime when trading with EU countries.

Following the end of the transition period, sales from UK businesses to the EU are exports and are zero-rated for VAT purposes. This means that the UK business seller should not charge UK VAT on the sale and should retain evidence of export.

How goods sent to the EU are treated upon import into the EU is a matter for the EU. On 1 July 2021, the EU removed low value consignment relief for VAT on imported goods not exceeding €22 and introduced a new optional simplification scheme for the collection and payment of VAT on goods not exceeding €150, known as the Import One Stop Shop.

The UK does not provide an impact assessment of policy measures that are introduced outside of the UK by jurisdictions.

Nonetheless, the Government appreciates that small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) are more likely to find the changes to trading with the EU challenging. In response, following the end of the transition period, the Government introduced the SME Brexit Support Fund, which closed to new applications on 30 June 2021. The Recovery Loan Scheme has continued to provide support since then. This helps businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and the transition period. Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders which are listed on the British Business Bank's website.

5th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of national insurance contributions in regards to exemptions enjoyed by Limited Liability Partnerships.

No such assessment has been carried out as there are no specific National Insurance contributions (NICs) exemptions for members of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).

Individual members of LLPs are taxed in the same way as partners in a general partnership, paying Class 4 and Class 2 NICs like other partners and self-employed individuals. If members fall within the salaried member rules introduced by the Finance Act 2014 they are taxed as employees, paying Class 1 NICs.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many overseas businesses selling directly into the UK by mail order have registered for UK VAT since 1 January; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the obligation to do so.

From 1 January to 31 October 2021, the number of overseas businesses with the declared classification of ‘retail sale via mail order houses or via internet’ that have registered for VAT in the UK is 12,111.

On 27 October 2021, the Office for Budget Responsibility set out their assessment of the fiscal impact of the new rules for overseas goods introduced from 1 January 2020, which includes the requirement for overseas businesses to register for VAT in the UK for the sale of low value imported goods. Based on outturn data for the current year it is now expected that the measure will generate £1.4 billion in 2021-22, rising steadily to £1.8 billion by 2026-27, a fivefold increase on the previous estimate.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional VAT revenue they have collected as a result of the changes to online platforms’ VAT liability that came into effect in January; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of those changes.

The Government introduced changes on 1 January 2021 which meant that online marketplaces were liable to account for UK VAT on sales of goods in consignments valued £135 and below which are outside the UK at the point of sale, and for goods of any value sold by overseas sellers that are in the UK at the point of sale. The Government also removed Low Value Consignment Relief, which relieved VAT for goods imported into the UK in consignments up to £15 in value.

On 27 October 2021, the Office for Budget Responsibility set out their assessment of the fiscal impact of these changes as part of their Economic and Fiscal Outlook. They estimate the measures will generate £1.4 billion in the year 2021-22, with an expected increase each year following this.

2nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses have been investigated for VAT evasion that took place before January as a direct result of changes to VAT remittance and collection arrangements that came into effect that month.

On 1st January 2021, new legislation introduced by the Government took effect which changes the rules for the VAT treatment of goods sold by businesses based overseas. These changes were introduced to further address non-compliance and evasion of VAT.

HMRC has a long-standing programme of compliance activity with such businesses, which continues. Since 1st January 2021, HMRC has investigated 4,488 businesses for non-compliance with VAT obligations that took place before then.

9th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that those citizens who offer to share their homes with Ukrainian refugees as guests will continue to receive full cover from their home insurance policies, including any public liability claims which may arise; and what discussions they have held with insurance companies to implement any such plans.

Further to the answer given by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, details of the sponsorship scheme for Ukraine will be set out in due course.

12th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any instances where leaseholders are being denied reimbursement of completed cladding works due to the failure of the freeholder to apply for remediation; and if so, how many such situations are believed to exist.

The Government has been clear that leaseholders should not bear the costs for the remediation of unsafe cladding. We are aware of one unacceptable case where the building owner is refusing to accept government funding and reimburse their leaseholders. The Department is urgently working to resolve this to make sure that the building owner does right by their leaseholders and reimburses them.

Where a building owner does not wish to apply for government funding, they should fund remediation themselves or through warranty claims and litigation against those responsible for the installation of unsafe cladding.

12th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in situations where a building owner refuses to apply for government remediation for building safety issues for a qualifying high-rise building.

The Government has been clear that leaseholders should not bear the costs for the remediation of unsafe cladding. We are aware of one unacceptable case where the building owner is refusing to accept government funding and reimburse their leaseholders. The Department is urgently working to resolve this to make sure that the building owner does right by their leaseholders and reimburses them.

Where a building owner does not wish to apply for government funding, they should fund remediation themselves or through warranty claims and litigation against those responsible for the installation of unsafe cladding.

8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average waiting time between the arrival of a person whose death was unexplained with a coroner and issuing a death certificate.

The Ministry of Justice collects statistics on deaths reported to coroners on an annual basis but does not have details of deaths that are under investigation. The Office of National Statistics publishes the number of registered deaths but does not distinguish between deaths referred to coroners and other deaths so it is not possible to determine the average waiting time.

8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many deceased persons are currently being held by coroners in England awaiting registration of death.

The Ministry of Justice collects statistics on deaths reported to coroners on an annual basis but does not have details of deaths that are under investigation. The Office of National Statistics publishes the number of registered deaths but does not distinguish between deaths referred to coroners and other deaths so it is not possible to determine the average waiting time.