Viscount Falkland

Former Crossbench Peer

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Former Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 27 April 1984

Left the House of Lords on 21 March 2023

Party was Liberal Democrat until 2 Mar 2011

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Lord Speaker's Advisory Panel on Works of Art (25 Jan 2017 to 23 Oct 2019)
  • Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) (12 Jun 2014 to 31 Aug 2016)
  • Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) ( 7 Jun 2005 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Culture, Media & Sport (22 Feb 2005 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Culture, Media & Sport (Lords)), Culture, Media & Sport (26 Jan 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
  • Member, Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee) ( 9 Sep 2003 to 22 Jul 2004)
  • Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (25 Nov 2002 to 20 Nov 2003)
  • Member, Refreshment Sub Committee (23 Nov 1999 to 7 Nov 2002)
  • Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) (17 Dec 1998 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, House of Lords Offices Committee (22 Nov 1995 to 19 Nov 1998)
  • Member, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords) (28 Nov 1994 to 30 Nov 2000)
  • Member, House of Lords Offices Committee ( 6 Dec 1988 to 22 Oct 1991)
  • Member, Overseas Trade Committee (15 Nov 1984 to 6 Nov 1986)

Recent appearances

  • Bee Population - Question for Short Debate 19 Jun 2018

    I also thank the noble Baroness, Lady Bloomfield, for the opportunity to speak on the wonderful subject of bees. I came across her by chance in the Tea Room and she said she was going to speak on this subject. I was particularly upset that day by some acerbic remarks in a Brexit debate and I thought this would be a gentle outing. I then suddenly realised that I did not know much about bees. I...
  • Bee Population - Question for Short Debate 19 Jun 2018

    I am very cheered by the reception that I got there—whether it was honest or not, or just good banter, I do not know. I am very much for banter, particularly since the House was advised to discourage banter among the staff. I actually rang up the company involved, which had been consulted at great cost, which said that banter must be discouraged. Mainly—I do not know why I have gone on...
  • Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility - Statement 17 May 2018

    My Lords, I congratulate the Government on finally taking action on the casino gaming machines in betting shops. One must not be too harsh about the bookmakers, because the history here is of course that betting on horses and greyhounds—the traditional betting in betting shops—has declined enormously, as people tend now to bet more and more online. This will be a sad day for bookmakers,...

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