Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

Labour Peer

@GeorgeFoulkes

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Labour Peer, Former Labour MSP for Lothians

Entered the House of Lords on 28 June 2005

Previously MP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for South Ayrshire, 1979-1983 and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, 1983-2005. Opposition spokesman on European and Community Affairs, 1984-1985; on foreign affairs, 1985-1992; on defence, 1992-1993 and on overseas development, 1994-1997. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of International Development, 1997-2001; Minister of State, Scotland Office, 2001-2002. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 23 March 2011 — Election

Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005

Also represented Lothians; Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley; Ayrshire South

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Currently held offices

  • Member, Constitution Committee (since 31 Jan 2023)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, European Affairs Committee (14 Apr 2021 to 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee (17 Sep 2020 to 31 Dec 2023)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (19 Jul 2018 to 17 Sep 2020)
  • Member, Political Polling and Digital Media Committee (29 Jun 2017 to 20 Mar 2018)
  • Member, Select Committee on Charities (25 May 2016 to 26 Mar 2017)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) ( 8 Jun 2015 to 1 Jul 2019)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee ( 8 Jun 2015 to 19 Jul 2018)
  • Member, Soft Power Committee (16 May 2013 to 11 Mar 2014)
  • Member, EU Sub Committee C - External Affairs (17 May 2012 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee G - Social Policies and Consumer Protection (17 Oct 2011 to 16 May 2012)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) ( 6 Dec 2010 to 4 Jul 2013)
  • Member, European Union Committee (22 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) ( 1 Feb 2010 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament ( 1 Feb 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament ( 1 Feb 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee F - Home Affairs (21 Nov 2006 to 8 Oct 2007)
  • Member, Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (28 May 2004 to 21 Sep 2004)
  • Member, Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (29 Apr 2004 to 15 Sep 2004)
  • Minister of State, Scottish Office (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
  • Minister for Education and Industry, Scottish Office (26 Jan 2001 to 11 Jun 2001)
  • Minister of State (Scotland Office) (25 Jan 2001 to 28 May 2002)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development ( 6 May 1997 to 25 Jan 2001)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development ( 5 May 1997 to 26 Jan 2001)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Overseas Development Sub-Committee (15 Feb 1982 to 13 May 1983)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee ( 3 Apr 1981 to 9 Jun 1983)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Recent appearances

  • Prepayment Meters - Question 14 May 2024

    My Lords, I have been away for a couple of weeks, and the answers on my return are no better than when I left. Can I give the Minister the opportunity to answer my noble friend’s question? Which organisation is doing best: Ofsted, keeping our education at a high level; Ofgem, causing problems for the consumers, not the suppliers, as we have heard; or Ofwat, for getting the rivers so...
  • Nuclear Test Veterans: Support - Question 2 May 2024

    My Lords, the time taken and the reluctance to give compensation in this case make it similar to the case of infected blood, and we see it again with the sub-postmasters. Has the Minister come around to the view that I am coming around to—that, irrespective of who is in government, there is a tendency in Whitehall to refuse compensation to people who deserve it? Is that not something we all...
  • Surplus Carbon Emissions - Question 27 Mar 2024

    What discussions does the Minister have with his counterparts in Scotland? When he or his colleagues meet them, could he try to convince them to change their view on nuclear power? Nuclear power is one way of achieving our aim.

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Last updated: 11 Apr 2005.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Parliamentary consultant to the Confederation of UK Coal Producers. (£5,001-£10,000)
6. Overseas visits
21-25 November 2004, to the Dominican Republic in my capacity as President of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council who paid the costs of the visit. (Registered 24 November 2004)
10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
Chairman of the Board of Heart of Midlothian Football Club plc. I have waived the remimbursement package that was afforded to the previous office holder.

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