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A selection of Lord Barker of Battle’s votes
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Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
15 votes for, 0 votes against, 7 absences, between 2008–2013.
Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
13 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2012–2014.
Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
5 votes for, 6 votes against, 2 absences, between 2003–2012.
Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010.
Consistently voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
4 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2010–2015.
Voted a mixture of for and against university tuition fees Show votes
3 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 absence, between 2004–2012.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions of the UN Conference of Parties 24.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for further improvements to, and investment in, the A21 road over the next five years.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on proposals to electrify the Bexhill to Ashford railway line; and when they expect a new direct fast service to London from Bexhill to commence.
More of Lord Barker of Battle’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 10 November 2015
Previously MP for Bexhill and Battle until 30 March 2015 — General election
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Also represented Bexhill and Battle
Topics of interest
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- International Development
- Trade and Industry
- Energy and Climate Change
- Departmental Energy
- CDC Capital Partners
- Renewable Energy
- Climate Change
Other offices held in the past
- The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (13 May 2010 to 15 Jul 2014)
- Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change) (6 Oct 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (9 Nov 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (10 May 2005 to 31 Jul 2008)
- Member, Broadcasting Committee (28 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Aug 2003 to 10 May 2005)
- Member, Broadcasting Committee (1 Jun 2003 to 1 Jun 2005)
- Member, Environmental Audit Committee (5 Nov 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
1. Remunerated directorships
Director, Flare View Ltd.; property investment company holding freehold property let to commercial tenants.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Received on 28 November 2014, £20,000 plus return airfare and hotel accommodation for providing strategic advice and consultancy to sovereign investment fund. Name and address of payer: Ras Al Khaimah Development LLC
, Level 38 Julphar Commercial Tower, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
. Hours: 30 hrs approx. (Registered 15 December 2014)
8. Land and Property
Freehold commercial business park property in East Anglia
, from which I receive rental income.
9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Flare View Ltd;
(b) New European Property Holdings Ltd. (NEPH
(b) Igroland Ltd; owns and operates children’s entertainment centres in Ukraine.
(b) Mottra Ltd; food manufacture and distribution
(b) Hedleigh Mayfair Ltd (Investment property holdings, London W1
) (Registered 30 December 2014)
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