Baroness Garden of Frognal

Deputy Speaker (Lords)

Liberal Democrat Peer


Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 18 October 2007

Currently held offices

  • Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) (since 31 Jan 2024)
  • Deputy Speaker (Lords) (since 5 Mar 2018)
  • Deputy Chairman of Committees (since 17 Jun 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Education for 11–16 Year Olds Committee (31 Jan 2023 to 23 Nov 2023)
  • Member, Highgate Cemetery Bill [HL] Committee (15 Dec 2020 to 8 Mar 2021)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Lords) (10 Sep 2015 to 1 Jul 2019)
  • Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities) ( 5 Nov 2014 to 7 May 2015)
  • Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) ( 4 Nov 2014 to 7 May 2015)
  • Member, Digital Skills Committee (12 Jun 2014 to 4 Nov 2014)
  • Lords Spokesperson (Department of Business, Innovation and Skills) ( 6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (13 Oct 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) (13 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Spokesperson for Children, Schools and Families ( 8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, EU Sub-Committee F - Home Affairs ( 9 Dec 2008 to 8 Apr 2010)
  • Spokesperson in the Lords, Children, Schools and Families (25 Oct 2007 to 8 Jan 2009)

Recent appearances

  • School Inspections: Funding - Question 17 Apr 2024

    My Lords, the old HMIs used to be viewed by schools as critical friends and were welcomed. Teachers facing an Ofsted inspection now do so with dread, because they fear that they will be criticised above all else. Is there any chance that Ofsted could go back to being friendly in its inspections?
  • Independent Schools - Question 18 Mar 2024

    My Lords, many independent schools host the Combined Cadet Force, and 70 independent schools share cadet forces with local state schools. I declare an interest as a former chair of the cadet health check team. The cadets is an excellent way of teaching self-confidence, leadership, resilience and life skills. If the proposed VAT policy sees schools close and lose resources, we may lose those...
  • Higher Education - Motion to Take Note 7 Mar 2024

    My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Blunkett, for initiating this debate and for his wise and challenging words. I cannot think of a time or an issue on education where I disagreed with him. I am delighted to highlight the contribution of higher education to our national well-being and our national pride. Higher education plays a critical part in the economy as well as in education. The...

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