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A selection of Lord Knight of Weymouth’s votes
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Consistently voted for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2007.
Generally voted for university tuition fees Show votes
8 votes for, 2 votes against, between 2004–2010.
Consistently voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2004–2010.
Consistently voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
11 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2003–2007.
Voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
0 votes for, 1 vote against, in 2010.
Voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2003–2007.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Knight of Weymouth’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Knight of Weymouth’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Department for Education sought evidence from the education publishing sector about the market impact of Oak National Academy after the full scope and budget was known in September.
To ask His Majesty's Government whether their assessment of the market impact of Oak National Academy in the educational publishing sector was made prior to that organisation becoming an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Education.
My Lords, business managers will be listening. I hope they will make sure that we are given sufficient time in this House to give proper scrutiny to a highly complex Bill. If part of the compromises that may have been made in the department are to remove aspects of the Bill, particularly around “legal but harmful”, could the Minister also consider—and have conversations across...
More of Lord Knight of Weymouth’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 23 June 2010
Previously MP for South Dorset until 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)
Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Also represented South Dorset
Topics of interest
- Culture Media and Sport
- Deputy Prime Minister
- Trade and Industry
- Education and Skills
- Departmental Policies (South Dorset)
- Departmental Sponsorship
- Wind Turbines
- Local Government Finance (Dorset)
- Local Government Finance
Currently held offices
- Member, Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee) (since 22 Jul 2021)
Other offices held in the past
- Member, National Plan for Sport and Recreation Committee (15 Oct 2020 to 24 Nov 2021)
- Member, Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee (13 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2022)
- Member, Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities Committee (17 May 2018 to 19 Mar 2019)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (17 Oct 2011 to 18 Jul 2014)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) (8 Oct 2010 to 5 Sep 2011)
- Minister of State (the South West), Regional Affairs (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (the South West), Department for Work and Pensions (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West) (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (9 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families (13 Jul 2007 to 10 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners) (29 Jun 2007 to 9 Jun 2009)
- Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (28 Jun 2007 to 13 Jul 2007)
- Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills (3 Aug 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Minister of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills (6 Jun 2006 to 3 Aug 2006)
- Minister of State, Department for Education and Skills (8 May 2006 to 6 Jun 2006)
- Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners) (5 May 2006 to 28 Jun 2007)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (17 Jun 2005 to 8 May 2006)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (11 May 2005 to 17 Jun 2005)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity) (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
- PPS (Team PPS), Department of Health (10 Apr 2005 to 11 Apr 2005)
- PPS (Ms Rosie Winterton, Minister of State), Department of Health (13 May 2004 to 10 Apr 2005)
- Member, Defence Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 20 Oct 2003)
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
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