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Kevin Foster

Conservative - Torbay

First elected: 7th May 2015


1 APPG membership (as of 8 Apr 2024)
Western Rail Link to Heathrow
5 Former APPG memberships
Armed Forces, Armed Forces Covenant, Longevity, Union, Working at Height
Backbench Business Committee
8th Nov 2022 - 26th Oct 2023
Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill
18th Jan 2023 - 25th Jan 2023
Shark Fins Bill
16th Nov 2022 - 16th Nov 2022
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Sep 2022 - 26th Oct 2022
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th Dec 2019 - 7th Sep 2022
Assistant Whip
4th Apr 2019 - 16th Dec 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)
4th Apr 2019 - 16th Dec 2019
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
4th Apr 2019 - 31st Oct 2019
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
31st Oct 2017 - 24th Apr 2019
Backbench Business Committee
13th Jun 2016 - 3rd May 2017
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
28th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Public Accounts Committee
7th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Backbench Business Committee
14th Dec 2015 - 12th May 2016


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Kevin Foster has voted in 885 divisions, and 5 times against the majority of their Party.

27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Kevin Foster voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Kevin Foster voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Kevin Foster voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
4 Dec 2023 - Victims and Prisoners Bill - View Vote Context
Kevin Foster voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Conservative Aye votes vs 238 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 246 Noes - 242
16 Jan 2024 - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill - View Vote Context
Kevin Foster voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 58 Conservative Aye votes vs 262 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 68 Noes - 529
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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
Holly Lynch (Labour)
Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)
(40 debate interactions)
Lindsay Hoyle (Speaker)
(24 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(694 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(96 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(33 debate contributions)
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Torbay 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

Hundreds of thousands of people signed numerous petitions calling for actions that the Government has included in the Kept Animals Bill. The Government should urgently find time to allow the Bill to complete its journey through Parliament and become law.

Join other nations in providing a route to safety for refugees. Waive all visa requirements for Ukrainian passport holders arriving in the UK.

Undocumented Migrants are suffering in silence, with no access to adequate Financial support, or any help. The Government should grant an urgent Amnesty of 5years to those with no criminal record so that they could live their lives as normal human beings and pay tax to help the UK economy.


Latest EDMs signed by Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Kevin Foster, 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.


Kevin Foster has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Kevin Foster has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

5 Bills introduced by Kevin Foster


A Bill to make provision about the regulation of small-scale radio multiplex services; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 27th April 2017 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision in connection with the ratification by the United Kingdom of the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 11th December 2023
Next Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 17th May 2024
Order Paper number: 13
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

A Bill to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to increase the sentence available to the court for those convicted of a criminal offence related to animal fighting; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

A Bill to make provision for the enforcement of noise limits for vehicles via automatic monitoring equipment; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

A Bill to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 4th July 2016

Latest 9 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
28th Feb 2023
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on energy costs for the hospitality and tourism sectors.

I would like to thank my hon Friend the Member for Torbay for his tireless work to support the hospitality and tourism sector across his constituency.

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme has provided much needed support with high energy costs over the winter. We continue to work closely with the sector, including through the newly-established Hospitality Sector Council and across Government to ensure a successful future for these important industries.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
17th Nov 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support her Department is providing to the fishing industry in (a) Devon and (b) Cornwall.

In England, the Fisheries and Seafood Scheme invests at least £6 million in the sector annually. Last year, it approved around 240 projects worth almost £4 million in Devon and Cornwall investing in health and safety, limiting the environmental impact of fishing and improving the value and quality of fisheries products. Wider support via the £100 million United Kingdom Seafood Fund is also available.

Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent progress he has made on repairing the Torquay temporary jobcentre; and what his planned timetable is for when the work will be completed.

DWP announced the decommissioning of the Torquay Temporary Jobcentre on 17 May 2023. Customers and staff exited the site by June. The Department is in the process of preparing the site ready to hand back to the landlord.

We sincerely apologise that this work has taken so long. Since this issue was brought to our attention, we have escalated this to ensure the contractor completes the work as a matter of urgency.

The Department has provided the honourable member with a letter from DWP Estates with further information and a full explanation of the delay, which resulted from a combination of supplier failure and the transition to decommissioning this site.

We can confirm that replacement glazing units have been ordered and the Department will ensure installation is completed as quickly as possible.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Mar 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has had recent discussions with Cabinet colleagues on preventing convicted sex offenders from working as personal fitness instructors.

The UK has some of the toughest powers in the world to deal with sex offenders and those who pose a risk, and we are committed to ensuring that the system is as robust as it can be.

Civil orders are available to the police (on application to the court) to manage the risk posed by registered sex offenders and those who pose a risk of sexual harm. Sexual Harm Prevention Orders can be applied to anyone convicted or cautioned for a sexual or violent offence, including where offences are committed overseas; and Sexual Risk Orders can be applied to any individual who poses a risk of sexual harm in the UK or abroad, even if they have never been convicted. Both orders can place a range of restrictions and/or requirements on individuals depending on the nature of the case, such as prohibiting offenders from engaging in certain kinds of employment. For both, breach is a criminal offence punishable by a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment

We are further strengthening the regime for managing registered sex offenders through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, and we continue to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that the right powers are available for the authorities to tackle sexual crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2023 to Question 122475 on Members: Correspondence, if her Department will respond to unanswered correspondence of 5 December 2022 from the hon. Member for Torbay, reference KF22583.

The Home Office will respond shortly.

13th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2022 to Question 108259 on Members: Correspondence, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Torbay of 5 December 2022.

The Home Office replied on 13 December 2022.

12th Dec 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Torbay of 5 December 2022.

The Home Office will reply by 5 January 2023.

19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to tackle violence against women and girls through the criminal justice system.

This Government’s track record in tackling violence against women and girls includes introducing

• Our landmark Domestic Abuse Act, which created the new criminal offence of non-fatal strangulation; recognised wider forms of abuse, such as emotional and economic abuse, in law for the first time; and extended the controlling and coercive behaviour offence to include post-separation abuse; and,

• The Rape Review, through which we have tripled the number of cases the police are now referring to the CPS and more than doubled the number of adult rape cases reaching court since 2019.

And we are going further by introducing:

• The Sentencing Bill, which will legislate to ensure that rapists and the most serious sexual offenders remain in prison for the whole of their custodial sentences, up from 2/3 currently and after the last Labour Government lowered it to only 50%; and

• The Criminal Justice Bill, which will strengthen the multi-agency management of offenders convicted of controlling or coercive behaviour.

Laura Farris
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on transport infrastructure between Wales and the South West of England.

I have regular discussions with the Transport Secretary on a range of transport measures, including infrastructure between Wales and the South West of England. Sadly, the Welsh Government is against the M4 Relief Road which would be of huge benefit to the region.

David T C Davies
Secretary of State for Wales