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A selection of Lord Palmer’s votes
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Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2010.
Almost always voted against an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
1 vote for, 5 votes against, 1 absence, in 2011.
Almost always voted against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
1 vote for, 2 votes against, in 2011.
Generally voted against more EU integration Show votes
1 vote for, 6 votes against, 8 absences, between 2008–2011.
Has never voted on university tuition fees Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, in 2010.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Palmer’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Palmer’s full vote analysis page for more.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce food waste.
My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question standing in my name on the Order Paper and in so doing declare an interest: I have been involved in the food industry all of my walking life.
I thank the noble Lord for that response. I am sure one of the main problems is that the sell-by dates on products are far too cautious. I remember once eating a biscuit that was 20 years old. It was perfectly edible.
More of Lord Palmer’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords in 1990
Other offices held in the past
- Member, EU Sub-Committee D - Environment and Agriculture (13 Nov 2007 to 8 Apr 2010)
- Member, Procedure and Privileges Committee (27 Nov 2006 to 30 Oct 2007)
- Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) (7 Jun 2005 to 12 Nov 2009)
- Member, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords) (6 Dec 2004 to 27 Apr 2017)
- Member, Refreshment Committee (Lords) (25 Nov 2002 to 7 May 2005)
- Member, EU Sub-Committee D (6 Dec 1999 to 20 Nov 2003)
- Member, Refreshment Sub Committee (5 Jun 1997 to 11 Nov 1999)
- Member, Works of Art Committee (Lords) (28 Nov 1995 to 7 Nov 2002)
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