Claire Coutinho Portrait

Claire Coutinho

Conservative - East Surrey

First elected: 12th December 2019

Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero

(since August 2023)

Claire Coutinho is not a member of any APPGs
1 Former APPG membership
Sustainable Finance
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
27th Oct 2022 - 31st Aug 2023
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Sep 2022 - 27th Oct 2022
Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL]
19th Jan 2022 - 27th Jan 2022
Local Government (Disqualification) Bill
24th Nov 2021 - 1st Dec 2021
National Insurance Contributions Bill
16th Jun 2021 - 22nd Jun 2021

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Claire Coutinho has voted in 863 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Claire Coutinho voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
13 May 2020 - Remote Division result: New Clause 2 - View Vote Context
Claire Coutinho voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 326 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 277 Noes - 328
30 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Claire Coutinho voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 72 Conservative Aye votes vs 175 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 188
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Claire Coutinho voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
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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
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(31 debate interactions)
Edward Miliband (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State of Climate Change and Net Zero
(18 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Education
(212 debate contributions)
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
(121 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(27 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(18 debate contributions)
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East Surrey Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should not reduce the existing adult-child childcare ratios as has been suggested. There are surely better ways to reduce the cost of living – potentially endangering children in trusted care is not how it should be done.

Latest EDMs signed by Claire Coutinho

Claire Coutinho has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Claire Coutinho, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.

Claire Coutinho has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Claire Coutinho has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Claire Coutinho

To make provision about licences to search and bore for and get offshore petroleum.

Commons Completed
Lords - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading
Tuesday 26th March 2024
Next Event - Committee Stage
Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Claire Coutinho has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting

Latest 2 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
27th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what methods his Department uses to collect the views of parents on education policy.

Parents and carers are often included in the departments individual research studies on specific interventions, generally asking about the impact on their child. Research studies commissioned by the department are published here:

The department’s main means of interacting with parents and carers of school pupils is from our dedicated panel which was set up to engage with parents and carers and in a robust and representative way. Parents and carers who have agreed to regularly participate in surveys across the academic year are asked to fill out an online survey on a range of topics. Last academic year this was approximately every four weeks, and this academic year will be approximately every six weeks. These surveys have helped to inform our response on a range of issues and is also helping to shape our education recovery.

The findings from the 2020/21 academic year's surveys (Parent and Pupil Panel) were published in October 2021 and are available here: The first survey for the 2021/22 academic year took place in December 2021 with parents and carers of school pupils joining the newly renamed Parent, Pupil and Learner Panel.

The department also regularly interviews parents of early years children on government childcare offers, amongst other topics related to childcare, which can be found here: The next publication is due in July 2022. Whilst interviewing had to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the department set up an online survey of parents to gather evidence on childcare use and other topics during COVID-19. This was last published in September 2021 and is conducted on an ad-hoc basis. The most recent publication can be found here:

Michelle Donelan
Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that rail services between East Surrey constituency and London are restored to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels as soon as possible.

The Department continues to work closely with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as they adjust its timetable to meet the demand for travel and to mitigate the impact of staff absences on rail services.

Direct Southern weekday services between Uckfield and London Bridge, and East Grinstead and London Victoria will recommence from 21 February.

Currently, GTR are running services between Uckfield and East Croydon, with connections available from East Croydon for onward travel to London Bridge and from Monday 10 January, connections were provided to London Victoria. East Grinstead services are currently being redirected to London Bridge.

GTR’s new timetable will be delivered towards the end of February, providing more services in your constituency. These plans are currently being finalised and an update will be sent to stakeholders such as yourself by 11 February.

Department officials continue to work closely with GTR to ensure a reliable and punctual service is delivered as passengers return to the network. GTR has informed the Department that the provision of services will remain under active review, adjusting to changes in passenger demand as we move out of the pandemic.