Lord Sharman

Former Liberal Democrat Peer

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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A selection of Lord Sharman’s votes

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Companies Act 2006 25 Mar 2009

    To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in evaluating the business reviews being published by companies under the Companies Act 2006.
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Narrative Reporting 25 Mar 2009

    To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is produced for companies on narrative reporting in the light of the financial crisis and the Climate Change Act 2008.
  • Statutory Auditors (Delegation of Functions etc.) Order 2008 21 Feb 2008

    My Lords, again I will not delay your Lordships long. The order, which brings into effect a regime of regulation for the conduct of statutory audits and their auditors, has been debated widely and has been the subject of much consultation. It is very welcome that this replaces the old regime of self-regulation, which had many faults. The initial indications are that this regime will work...

More of Lord Sharman’s recent appearances


Former Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1999

Left the House of Lords on 30 April 2015 — retired

Other offices held in the past

  • Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (4 Jul 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Member, Committee on Regulators (23 Nov 2006 to 30 Oct 2007)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Trade & Industry (21 Mar 2006 to 4 Jul 2007)
  • Member, Audit Committee (Lords) (18 Jun 2005 to 16 Dec 2014)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Trade & Industry (22 Feb 2005 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Member, House Committee (Lords) (1 Dec 2004 to 7 May 2005)
  • Shadow Minister, Trade & Industry (26 Jan 2004 to 22 Feb 2005)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee A (6 Dec 1998 to 20 Nov 2003)

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