The government concluded a fundamental review of business rates at Budget 2016 and decided that business rates should remain as a property tax. Respondents to the review agreed that property based taxes were easy to collect, difficult to avoid, relatively stable compared to other taxes and had a clear link with local authority spending. They also raise revenue in a way that is less...
During the implementation period, the UK will no longer be a Member State of the European Union, but market access will continue on current terms. To give businesses and citizens certainty, common rules will remain in place until the end of the period meaning businesses will be able to trade on the same terms as now up until the end of 2020. The UK’s future relationship with the EU is...
Decisions on the funding settlement for social care will be made as part of wider local government arrangements at the spending review. Councils have access to £9.4 billion more dedicated funding for social care between 17/18 and 19/20 as a result of measures introduced since 2015. The government will also publish a Green Paper by autumn 2018, setting out its proposals to put social...
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Entered the House of Lords on 7 July 2008
Currently held offices
- The Minister of State, Department for International Development (since 14 Oct 2016)
Other offices held in the past
- The Minister of State, Home Department (12 May 2015 to 31 Mar 2016)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (6 Aug 2014 to 7 May 2015)
- Lords Spokesperson (Department for Work and Pensions) (7 Oct 2013 to 6 Aug 2014)
- Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) (7 Oct 2013 to 6 Aug 2014)
- Member, Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee (16 May 2013 to 6 Nov 2013)
- Deputy Chairman of Committees (14 Feb 2013 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Member, Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill Special Public Bill Committee (22 Jan 2013 to 13 Feb 2013)
- Member, Leader's Group on Working Practices Committee (27 Jul 2010 to 26 Apr 2011)
- - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (8 Sep 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (8 Sep 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government and Energy & Climate Change), Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 8 Sep 2009)
- - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Energy & Climate Change), Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 8 Sep 2009)
- - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Communities and Local Government), Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister (3 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (3 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister, Cabinet Office (19 Jan 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
- Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government (19 Jan 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
- Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change (19 Jan 2009 to 27 Jul 2009)
- Deputy Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jan 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Paymaster General (HM Treasury) (16 Dec 1996 to 1 May 1997)
- Government Whip (1 Jan 1995 to 1 Jan 1996)
- Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (20 Jul 1994 to 1 Jan 1995)
- Member, Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee) (25 Apr 1994 to 25 Nov 1994)
- Member, Health and Social Care Committee (6 Dec 1993 to 27 Jun 1994)
- Member, Social Security Committee (27 Apr 1992 to 30 Nov 1992)
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- Has spoken in 68 debates in the last year — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Bates’s speeches
- Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
- Has voted in 69.75% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — above average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 8 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
- 24 people are tracking this peer — email me updates on Lord Bates’s activity
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 943 times in debates — well above average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
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