Lord Oates

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

Liberal Democrat Peer

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

The requirements on proxy voting were relaxed, allowing MPs to designate another MP to cast a vote on their behalf.

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Recent appearances

  • Net-zero Test for New Policies - Question 11 Jan 2022

    Does the Minister agree with the same letter where it says that we must “ensure the competitiveness of UK businesses is not disadvantaged by imports that do not have the same carbon costs”? If so, why is it that the only thing the Treasury’s Net Zero Review has to say in the way of action on carbon leakage is that “a case for conducting a formal call for evidence may emerge.” Is...
  • Energy Costs - Question for Short Debate 6 Jan 2022

    My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady McIntosh, on securing this timely and important debate. Although I do not often agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Fox, I absolutely share her view that this is an emergency. After that, however, I think we part company. The Minister knows that I always want to be helpful to him, so I will share some of the practical suggestions that, as my...
  • Nationality and Borders Bill - Second Reading 5 Jan 2022

    My Lords, over the Christmas break I had the chance to read two things in particular. The first was a birthday gift, Jon Meacham’s excellent book, Franklin and Winston; the second was this Bill. I confess that the former experience was considerably more enjoyable than the latter, but the two are linked because it was Franklin Roosevelt whose ideas and humanity did so much to shape the...

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 27 October 2015

Currently held offices

  • Member, International Agreements Committee (since 23 Apr 2020)
  • Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change) (since 29 Jan 2020)
  • Member, European Union Committee (since 29 Oct 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (2 Jul 2019 to 23 Apr 2020)
  • Member, EU Justice Sub-Committee (26 Jan 2016 to 5 Sep 2017)

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