Lord Bilston

Former Labour Peer

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Former Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 5 July 2005

Previously MP for Wolverhampton South East until 11 April 2005 — did not stand for re-election

Left the House of Lords on 25 February 2014 — Died

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East, 1987-2005. Opposition Whip, 1993-1997; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development, 1997-2001. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election

Party was Labour/Co-operative until 11 Apr 2005

Also represented Wolverhampton South East


Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (27 Jul 2010 to 25 Feb 2014)
  • Chairman, Catering Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Court of Referees Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Finance & Services Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Court of Referees (14 Feb 2002 to 5 May 2005)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (14 Nov 1997 to 17 Jul 2005)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (30 Oct 1997 to 5 May 2005)
  • Member, Education Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 12 Dec 1994)
  • Member, Education, Science & Arts Committee (18 Jan 1989 to 16 Mar 1992)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Recent appearances

  • Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Inquiry — Statement 26 Mar 2013

    The recent pronouncements of Monitor seem to ignore the vast majority of the people of Stafford, who, as my noble friend Lord Hunt indicated, require a range of safe, sustainable and comprehensive health services rather than the delegation of a range of services, including elective surgery, to other hospitals such as New Cross in Wolverhampton. That hospital is already under considerable...
  • Schools: Academies — Question 14 Feb 2013

    My Lords, will the Minister confirm that the coalition Government are currently planning to convert academies and to move them from the public sector to the private sector? If that is the case, will the Minister confirm-it is certainly our opinion-that that would be entirely the wrong policy?
  • Canterbury City Council Bill — Third Reading 3 Dec 2012

    My Lords, I sense that the House wishes my reply to be brief. I can be brief, in the sense that a great deal of the meat of this important question has been dealt with by the members of the committee. Every member of the committee made the point that I made at the outset: that it is due to the able chairmanship of the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, and the integrity and wisdom of the committee...

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