Lord Quirk

Former Crossbench Peer

As a result of COVID-19, some MPs were less able to vote in Parliament in certain periods, and this will be reflected by absences in their voting record.

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

All MPs could vote remotely through an online voting tool. Votes cast remotely are shown as normal on the TheyWorkForYou voting record.

2nd to 9th June 2020

The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.

10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

If an MP votes by proxy, it is effectively exactly the same as if they cast the vote in person and it shows up on their TheyWorkForYou voting record.

MPs are not required to designate a proxy, and may instead pair with an opposing MP to miss a vote. Parliament does not record when two MPs have come to a pairing arrangement, so on TheyWorkForYou, they will both appear to have been absent for the vote.

We will update this information if the situation changes. See more detail on votes during the COVID-19 period here.

A selection of Lord Quirk’s votes

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Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Young Offender Institutions: Education 24 Oct 2016

    To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Mobarik on 21 September (HL1561), how many hours of education per week is currently provided in Young Offender Institutions.
  • HMRC: Call Waiting Times - Question 29 Jun 2016

    My Lords, does the Minister recall the Answer that I was given to an identical Question a year ago, on 9 July 2015, when the noble Lord, Lord O’Neill of Gatley, told the House that several promising steps were going to be taken, including the deployment of £45 million and the recruitment of 3,000 further staff to help this situation at his department? Does today’s Answer really show...
  • Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) 19 May 2016

    My Lords, like others before me, including the noble Lords, Lord Fowler, Lord Foster and Lord Clement-Jones, and the noble Baroness, Lady Bonham-Carter, I shall largely address issues to do with broadcasting. As I worked my way through the White Paper on the future of the BBC, noting its attractive and helpful format, my first reaction was pleasurable relief that months of alarmist...

More of Lord Quirk’s recent appearances


Former Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1994

Left the House of Lords on 20 December 2017

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords) (25 May 2005 to 27 Apr 2017)
  • Member, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (6 Dec 1999 to 6 Jun 2005)
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Lords) (8 Dec 1998 to 7 Nov 2002)
  • Member, Select Committee on Science and Technology Sub-Committee 2 (24 Nov 1998 to 6 Dec 2000)

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