The UN estimates that 643,000 people live in areas that it classifies as ‘besieged’ and 879,000 in areas that it classifies as ‘militarily encircled.’ Under the UN definitions, restrictions placed on ‘besieged’ areas are more severe than those on ‘military encircled’ areas. However, the populations in all these locations are surrounded by armed...
My Lords, the scale of the humanitarian crises facing the world in 2017 is unprecedented. The UK is leading the way on the response, stepping up life-saving emergency assistance for those affected by food insecurity in east Africa, and calling on the international community to urgently step up its support before it is too late.
I am very happy to do that. I also pay tribute to the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee in this instance. The immediate response to the crisis and the generosity of the British people in raising £20 million, which was then aid matched by DfID, is typical of the character of the British people, to which the most reverend Primate referred earlier, and their humanitarian concern...
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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)
- Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) (7 Oct 2013 to 6 Aug 2014)
- Lords Spokesperson (Department for Work and Pensions) (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 the Cabinet Office and Communities and Local Government), Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 11 May 2010)
- - 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 Communities and Local Government and Energy & Climate Change), Shadow Minister (27 Jul 2009 to 8 Sep 2009)
- Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (3 Jul 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- 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)
- Shadow Minister, Cabinet Office (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)
- The Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury (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 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 19 debates in the last year — 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 68.08% 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.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 771 times in debates — well above average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)
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