Lord Desai

Non-affiliated Peer

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Humanist Marriages - Question 25 Apr 2022

    My Lords, what is it about the humanists that obstructs the Government from doing them justice? Scotland allows it; Northern Ireland allows it; the Channel Islands allow it. What is it about the humanists that means they are discriminated against in England and Wales? It is because they are not Christians?
  • Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 2 6 Apr 2022

    I want to move Amendment 2 because I feel that I have a simpler solution to what the Government propose. I beg to move. The Deputy Speaker decided on a show of voices that Amendment 2 was disagreed. Amendments 3 to 7 not moved
  • Elections Bill - Report (1st Day): Amendment 1 6 Apr 2022

    My Lords, I will speak to my Amendments 2, 3 and 4. Throughout the debates on the Bill I have been of an opposite view from most of my friends about the fear of identity cards. I do not have any fear of identity cards at all, nor do I believe that BAME people are so backward and so bad that they would be frightened by an identity card. I just do not see the logic. As I have said before in...

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Non-affiliated Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 5 June 1991

Party was Labour until 19 Nov 2020

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Finance Bill Sub-Committee (4 Nov 2019 to 8 Sep 2020)
  • Member, EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee (12 Jul 2016 to 23 Apr 2020)
  • Member, Intergovernmental Organisations Committee (15 Nov 2007 to 7 Jul 2008)
  • Member, Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee (17 Dec 2003 to 18 Nov 2004)
  • Member, Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee (17 Dec 2003 to 18 Nov 2004)
  • Member, Committee on the Speakership of the House (9 Jul 2003 to 19 Dec 2005)
  • Member, Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee (16 Jun 2001 to 7 May 2005)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee A (20 Nov 1995 to 11 Nov 1999)
  • Member, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (19 May 1992 to 3 Nov 1994)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (12 Nov 1991 to 3 Nov 1994)
  • Member, Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee 2 (12 Nov 1991 to 17 Mar 1992)

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