Viscount Colville of Culross

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.

Recent appearances

  • Public Service Broadcasting: BBC Centenary - Motion to Take Note 3 Nov 2022

    My Lords, I declare an interest as the series producer of a new series on the people of Ukraine to be made for international public service broadcasters. In the words of the Communications and Digital Committee report, Public Service Broadcasting: As Vital as Ever: “Public service broadcasting can bring the nation together in a way in which other media cannot and can ‘raise the level’...
  • Freedom of Expression (Communications and Digital Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note 27 Oct 2022

    My Lords, I declare an interest as a freelance TV producer. I had the honour of serving on the Communications Committee when this report was published. I too thank the noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, for his very able chairing of this inquiry. The noble Lord, Lord Gilbert, suggested that the Government should amend the Online Safety Bill clauses on content that is legal but harmful to adults. I...
  • Online Pornography: Digital Economy Act 2017 - Question 26 Oct 2022

    My Lords, many of us are concerned that the “legal but harmful” clauses of the Online Safety Bill will be a chill for free speech. Can the Minister assure the House that these clauses will not be included in the Bill when it comes to this place?

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Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 5 September 2011

Currently held offices

  • Member, Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud Committee (since 19 Jan 2022)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Communications and Digital Committee (27 Jun 2017 to 19 Jan 2022)

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