Lord Palmer of Childs Hill Portrait

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Became Member: 17th January 2011

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)

(since April 2023)

2 APPG memberships (as of 30 May 2024)
British Jews, Israel
4 Former APPG memberships
British Virgin Islands, Get Refusal, Jews, Race Equality in Education
Deputy Speaker (Lords)
5th Mar 2018 - 15th Apr 2024
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (Lords)
2nd Feb 2021 - 10th Jul 2023
Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)
6th Nov 2017 - 12th Jun 2023
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
20th Jul 2022 - 31st Jan 2023
Refreshment Committee (Lords)
20th Jun 2012 - 30th Mar 2015
Personal Service Companies
12th Nov 2013 - 31st Mar 2014


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill has voted in 429 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

15 Jun 2020 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Liberal Democrat No votes vs 67 Liberal Democrat Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 355 Noes - 77
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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
Baroness Penn (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
Baroness Sherlock (Labour)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(6 debate interactions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


Lord Palmer of Childs Hill has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Palmer of Childs Hill has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 3 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
5th Sep 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the job creation and recreational opportunities of repairing broken swing bridges to allow access to inland waterways; and whether they will direct Peel Ports to repair the swing bridge in Faversham.

The Department has not made any specific assessment of job creation and recreational opportunities related to the repair of Faversham swing bridge. The Department has, however, been instrumental in encouraging all parties to work together and find a mutually acceptable resolution and will continue to do so.

19th Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how money from the Household Support Fund is allocated; and what criteria they use when deciding how much money each local authority is given.

The Government is providing an additional £1 billion of funding, including Barnett impact, to enable the extension of the Household Support Fund in England this financial year. This is on top of what we have already provided since October 2021, bringing total funding to £2.5 billion.

In England this is being delivered through an extension to the Household Support Fund backed by £842 million, running from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. It is for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate their additional Barnett funding.

The year-long Household Support Fund extension allows Local Authorities in England to continue to provide discretionary cost of living support to those most in need.

The distribution of the funding is targeted at the areas of the country with the most vulnerable households, on the basis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) local population estimates and Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) scores. Allocation amounts for upper tier Local Authorities in England are therefore reflective of population size and relative deprivation.

19th Oct 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the letter from Viscount Younger of Leckie to all members of the House of Lords on 13 October, whether the money allocated in the Household Support Fund is new money or money that has already been spent.

The Government is providing £842m to Local Authorities in England to deliver the Household Support Fund in England over 2023/24. The Devolved Administrations have received additional funding via the Barnett formula.

This is additional funding to Local Authorities, not re-allocated from elsewhere.