Paul Holmes

Former Liberal Democrat MP for Chesterfield

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Women and Equality: Rape: Criminal Proceedings 6 Apr 2010

    To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government Equalities Office plans to take in response to the recommendations made in the Stern Review of how rape complaints are handled by public authorities in England and Wales.
  • Written Answers — Home Department: Convictions 6 Apr 2010

    To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 16, (ii) between 16 and 19, (iii) between 20 and 25, (iv) between 26 and 30, (v) between 31 and 40, (vi) between 41 and 50, (vii) between 51 and 60 and (viii) over 60 years have been (A) cautioned, (B) proceeded against and (C) issued with a penalty notice for disorder for being drunk and...
  • Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Zoos: Standards 30 Mar 2010

    To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that zoos operate to standards consistent with (a) his Department's guidance, Standards of Modern Zoo Practice and (b) the provisions of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981.

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Chesterfield

Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)


Topics of interest

  • Work and Pensions
  • Home Department
  • Education and Skills
  • Justice
  • Health
  • Departmental Data Protection
  • New Deal
  • Departmental ICT
  • Departmental Websites
  • Departmental Information Officers

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Children, Schools and Families Committee (29 Jan 2008 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Housing), Department for Communities and Local Government (5 Jul 2007 to 20 Dec 2007)
  • Shadow Minister (Arts and Culture), Culture, Media & Sport (19 Dec 2006 to 5 Jul 2007)
  • Arts and Culture, Shadow Minister (17 Aug 2006 to 19 Dec 2006)
  • Member, Education & Skills Committee (24 May 2006 to 7 Nov 2007)
  • Chair of the Parliamentary Party, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities (21 Mar 2006 to 25 Oct 2007)
  • Chair of the Parliamentary Party (16 Jun 2005 to 21 Mar 2006)
  • Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (1 Jun 2005 to 19 Oct 2005)
  • Member, Education & Skills Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions), Work & Pensions (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • People With Disabilities, Non-Departmental & Cross-Departmental Responsibilities (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)

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Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.


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