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A selection of Lord Wills's votes
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Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010
Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007
Almost always voted for more EU integration Show votes
35 votes for, 1 vote against, 12 absences, between 2006–2011
Consistently voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
0 votes for, 3 votes against, in 2011
Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 6 votes against, in 2007
Voted against increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2008
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Wills’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Wills’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement on COVID-19 by the Prime Minister on 17 July, what plans they have for the return of staff of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to work in offices.
My Lords, I welcome what the Minister said about not amending the Act in relation to the Civil Service, although I hope her words “no plans” are not doing too much work for her. In the light of recent revelations about donations to the Conservative Party, can she say whether there have been any discussions anywhere within government about amending Part 4 of the Act, which stipulates that...
My Lords, however power is devolved, it is crucial that it remains democratically accountable, but such accountability is damaged when 8 million people who are eligible to vote are not on the electoral register and so cannot vote. In this country, the register is only 84% complete, compared with, for example, Canada, where it is 96% complete. Why do the Government not make more strenuous and...
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Entered the House of Lords on 12 July 2010
Previously MP for North Swindon until 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election
Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election
Also represented North Swindon
Topics of interest
- Education and Skills
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Trade and Industry
- Departments: Freedom of Information
- Citizens Juries
- Common Agricultural Policy
- Antisocial Behaviour
- Public Order
Currently held offices
- Member, Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee (since 13 Jun 2019)
Other offices held in the past
- The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (2 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (28 Jun 2007 to 11 May 2010)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office (2 Jun 2002 to 11 Jul 2003)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Criminal Justice System IT) (29 May 2002 to 11 Jul 2003)
- Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (11 Jun 2001 to 29 May 2002)
- Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor's Department) (11 Jun 2001 to 28 May 2002)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment) (29 Jul 1999 to 10 Jun 2001)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Employment (28 Jul 1999 to 11 Jun 2001)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry (4 Jan 1999 to 28 Jul 1999)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) (4 Jan 1999 to 29 Jul 1999)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
8. Land and Property
Commercial premises in London from which rental income is received.
My financial interests and those of my wife are in a blind trust, the details of which have been laid in the House.
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