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A selection of Lord Bates’s votes
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Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010.
Has never voted on more EU integration Details
0 votes for, 0 votes against, 6 absences, in 2011.
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2010.
Consistently voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
3 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011.
Consistently voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
7 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Lord Bates’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Lord Bates’s full vote analysis page for more.
My Lords, for many years Her Majesty’s Government have taken great pride in regularly publishing reports on the impact of overseas aid in terms of the millions of lives saved, children educated and jobs created. Will my noble friend say whether any similar impact assessment of the likely effect of this reduction in our aid budget has been carried out by the Treasury or the FCDO using the...
My Lords, it is true that the UK was the first major economy to meet its 0.7% aid commitment. It did so in 2013 and sustained it for seven years. That is a record of which British taxpayers can be proud, and it added immeasurably to our reputation around the world. It is true that the scale of the economic catastrophe hitting the UK public finances is the worst we have seen in 300 years and...
My Lords, when you are the 33rd speaker and the final Back-Bench speaker, it is always a bit of a challenge to make a contribution that does not trespass on the Whips’ motto that everything needs to be said but not everyone needs to say it, so with my three minutes, I will focus on three brief points about why I very much support and welcome the Bill. I will also try to squeeze in two or...
More of Lord Bates’s recent appearances
Entered the House of Lords on 7 July 2008
Other offices held in the past
- Deputy Chairman of Committees (21 Apr 2020 to 29 Apr 2021)
- The Minister of State, Department for International Development (14 Oct 2016 to 23 Apr 2019)
- 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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