Lord Grocott

Labour Peer

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 3 July 2001

Previously MP for Telford until 14 May 2001 — General election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Telford, 1997-2001 and for Lichfield and Tamworth, 1974-79; PPS to Minister for Local Government and Planning, 1975-76; to Minister of Agriculture, 1976-78; Deputy Shadow Leader, House of Commons, 1987-92; Opposition front bench spokesman on foreign affairs, 1992-93; PPS to Leader of the Opposition, 1994-97, to Prime Minister, 1997-2001. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 10 October 1974 — General election

Also represented Telford; The Wrekin; Lichfield and Tamworth

Currently held offices

  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (since 31 Jan 2024)
  • Member, Joint Committee on the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (since 24 Nov 2020)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, AI in Weapon Systems Committee (31 Jan 2023 to 23 Nov 2023)
  • Member, Built Environment Committee (14 Apr 2021 to 31 Jan 2023)
  • Member, International Relations and Defence Committee (25 May 2016 to 28 Jan 2021)
  • Member, Leader's Group on Working Practices Committee (27 Jul 2010 to 26 Apr 2011)
  • Member, Communications and Digital Committee (18 Feb 2008 to 26 Nov 2008)
  • Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (25 Nov 2002 to 18 Nov 2004)
  • Member, Accommodation Steering Group Committee (13 Nov 2002 to 28 Jan 2008)
  • Member, Administration and Works Committee (Lords) (10 Jun 2002 to 28 Jan 2008)
  • Member, Administration and Works Committee (Lords) (10 Jun 2002 to 28 Jan 2008)
  • Member, Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords) (10 Jun 2002 to 28 Nov 2008)
  • Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (10 Jun 2002 to 28 Jan 2008)
  • Member, Committee of Selection (Lords) (10 Jun 2002 to 28 Jan 2008)
  • Member, House of Lords Offices Committee (10 Jun 2002 to 7 Nov 2002)
  • Member, Refreshment Sub Committee (10 Jun 2002 to 7 Nov 2002)
  • Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household (29 May 2002 to 25 Jan 2008)
  • Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords) (29 May 2002 to 25 Jan 2008)
  • Government Whip (12 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
  • Lord in Waiting (Whip) (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
  • Member, National Heritage Committee (13 Dec 1993 to 6 Feb 1995)
  • Member, Televising of Proceedings of the House Committee (17 Jun 1987 to 16 Nov 1989)
  • Member, Overseas Development Committee (24 Jan 1979 to 4 Apr 1979)

Recent appearances

  • Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill - Committee (2nd Day): Amendment 10 17 Apr 2024

    The noble Lord mentioned at one stage whether railway companies are public bodies. A train operating company, for example, is clearly not a public body when it is a private company, but if it goes bankrupt or has difficulties it gets taken over by the Government. If the Government then get it right in due course, it goes back to the private sector. Can bodies oscillate between the two...
  • Rail Manufacturing: Job Losses - Commons Urgent Question 17 Apr 2024

    My Lords, I think it was significant that there was no reference at all in the Minister’s Statement in the Commons to what I consider to be the inevitable consequences of the cancellation of the Crewe and Manchester sections of HS2: it is obvious that that was significant in terms of job losses. We already know about the losses that have occurred from money spent on both those projects that...
  • Rail Manufacturing: Job Losses - Commons Urgent Question 17 Apr 2024

    Perhaps I could ask for a specific answer on this. The Minister referred to the rolling stock that has already been ordered in respect of London to Birmingham, but he cannot give an estimate of job losses following the cancellation. There clearly must be consequences for rolling stock when you do not build a railway to Crewe and Manchester that you planned to build. So can the Minister at...

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2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Member of the National Union of Journalists: occasional payment from writing and broadcasting.
6. Overseas visits
16-22 September 2000, to the Republic of Korea. Travel and accommodation costs were met by the Korean Government. (Registered 28 September 2000)

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