Lord Willis of Knaresborough

Liberal Democrat Peer

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  • Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve 29 Jul 2020

    My Lords, no doubt these regulations are technically competent, and no doubt they will be used as other communities—perhaps Oldham or Peterborough—become the latest virus hotspots. What they do not do is to put into legislation the tools that would give local health authorities and local councils the data to act more confidently and effectively to minimise disruption to lives, businesses...
  • Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve 24 Jul 2020

    My Lords, I understand the difficulty the Minister has in dealing with these regulations and have great sympathy for him, but I hope the Government note what has been said about having a better way of scrutinising them. The current system is clearly not fit for purpose and we need something different for September. However, my key frustration is the almost total lack of published evidence to...
  • Covid-19: Public Transport - Question 7 Jul 2020

    My Lords, the demand for public transport increases by about five times during peak periods. Research by McKinsey has shown that the majority of those using public transport at peak times are office workers, students and recreational users, most of whom can vary their arrival and departure times. Will the Government consider requiring that only those who need to travel at a specific...

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Profile

Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 7 July 2010

Previously MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Also represented Harrogate and Knaresborough

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Topics of interest

  • Education and Skills
  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Innovation
  • Universities and Skills
  • Trade and Industry
  • Teachers
  • Departmental Domestic Visits
  • Higher Education
  • Teacher Training
  • Connexions

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee (25 May 2016 to 5 Apr 2017)
  • Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects) (13 Sep 2011 to 17 Jul 2012)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (27 Oct 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Chairman, Commons Science and Technology Committee (7 Oct 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Chair, Commons Science and Technology Committee (1 Oct 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Chairman, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee (18 Apr 2008 to 7 Oct 2009)
  • Chair, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee (10 Mar 2008 to 30 Sep 2009)
  • Chairman, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (6 Feb 2008 to 18 Apr 2008)
  • Chair, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (14 Nov 2007 to 10 Mar 2008)
  • Member, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (9 Nov 2007 to 14 Nov 2007)
  • Member, Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee (7 Nov 2007 to 6 Feb 2008)
  • Chairman, Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee) (18 May 2007 to 3 Jun 2008)
  • Chair, Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee) (15 May 2007 to 8 Aug 2007)
  • Member, Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee) (14 May 2007 to 18 May 2007)
  • Member, Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill (Joint Committee) (2 May 2007 to 15 May 2007)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (1 Nov 2005 to 11 May 2010)
  • Chairman, Science and Technology Committee (1 Nov 2005 to 20 Aug 2008)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (20 Jul 2005 to 1 Nov 2005)
  • Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (13 Jul 2005 to 30 Oct 2007)
  • Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (13 Jul 2005 to 30 Oct 2007)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (11 Jul 2005 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Education & Skills (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, Education & Employment Committee (29 Mar 1999 to 13 Nov 2000)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 May 1997 to 5 May 2005)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Articles written for journal. Address: People and Science, The British Science Association, Wellcome Wolfson Building, 165 Queens's Gate, London SW7 5HD.
Received payment for one article written before July 2009. (Registered 10 January 2010)
Received payment for one article written before July 2009. (Registered 10 January 2010)
Received payment of £220 for one article. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 10 January 2010)

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