Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent Portrait

Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent

Labour - Stoke-on-Trent North

Became Member: 18th November 2022

Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

(since July 2024)

Opposition Whip (Lords)
21st Feb 2023 - 5th Jul 2024
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
27th Oct 2023 - 5th Jul 2024
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Feb 2023 - 26th Oct 2023
AI in Weapon Systems Committee
31st Jan 2023 - 27th Apr 2023
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Sub-Committee
8th Sep 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Defence Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent has voted in 202 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Earl of Minto (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
Lord Benyon (Conservative)
(19 debate interactions)
Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(8 debate interactions)
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Lords initiatives

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1 Bill introduced by Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the indication of country of origin for ceramic products; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 4th September 2018
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Latest 20 Written Questions

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21st May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government from which (1) departments, (2) arms-length bodies, and (3) other organisations the number of civil servants will be reduced to help fund the commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030.

The detail of how individual organisations will be affected by the return to pre-pandemic numbers will form a key part of the next comprehensive spending review. The longer-term reductions will build on the shorter-term headcount cap put in place through to March 2025.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
29th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many people are currently awaiting security vetting by United Kingdom Security Vetting.

As Minister for State at the Cabinet Office I am able to provide a response in relation to National Security Vetting (NSV). UKSV acts as the service provider for NSV across His Majesty’s Government (HMG). NSV remains a separate and distinct process to recruitment and onboarding processes and provides an additional personnel assurance within both public and private sector for roles and projects that require access to the sensitive assets and Protectively Marked Materials (PMM).

The government does not comment on the workings of the NSV process at the strategic or tactical level for security reasons and thereby details of numbers awaiting NSV cannot be shared. However the following information may be useful.

The Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is not a level of NSV, nor conducted by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV); it is a separate pre-employment check conducted locally by recruiting departments. As this is a localised departmental element, no central record of data for BPSS is held within HMG at this time.

Following a stabilisation programme initiated in 2023, there have been sustained and stable improvements in performance against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) across all service levels of National Security Vetting clearances which includes Counter Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV). Across core services:

  • Accreditation Checks (AC), a level of NSV, primarily used by the aviation industry, are being completed in five days or less.

  • The KPIs for both CTC and SC are 25 days, on 29th February 2024 96% of cases were being processed within that time frame.

  • The KPI for DV is 95 days; on 29th February 2024 93.48% of initial DV cases were being processed within that time frame.The Performance Indicator for DV Renewals is also 95 days; on 29th February 2024 13.78% of these cases were being processed within that time frame. However we expect that DV renewals submitted from 1st April 2024 will be delivered within the KPI of 95 days.

The requirements for security cleared roles across HMG vary and are set by individual department and partner agencies dependent on duties and level of access to Protectively Marked Materials (PMM). It is, therefore, not possible to provide confirmation of the performance of NSV in relation to specific roles. In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters, including average actual processing times.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
29th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many people employed by the private sector are currently awaiting security vetting by United Kingdom Security Vetting.

As Minister for State at the Cabinet Office I am able to provide a response in relation to National Security Vetting (NSV). UKSV acts as the service provider for NSV across His Majesty’s Government (HMG). NSV remains a separate and distinct process to recruitment and onboarding processes and provides an additional personnel assurance within both public and private sector for roles and projects that require access to the sensitive assets and Protectively Marked Materials (PMM).

The government does not comment on the workings of the NSV process at the strategic or tactical level for security reasons and thereby details of numbers awaiting NSV cannot be shared. However the following information may be useful.

The Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is not a level of NSV, nor conducted by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV); it is a separate pre-employment check conducted locally by recruiting departments. As this is a localised departmental element, no central record of data for BPSS is held within HMG at this time.

Following a stabilisation programme initiated in 2023, there have been sustained and stable improvements in performance against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) across all service levels of National Security Vetting clearances which includes Counter Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV). Across core services:

  • Accreditation Checks (AC), a level of NSV, primarily used by the aviation industry, are being completed in five days or less.

  • The KPIs for both CTC and SC are 25 days, on 29th February 2024 96% of cases were being processed within that time frame.

  • The KPI for DV is 95 days; on 29th February 2024 93.48% of initial DV cases were being processed within that time frame.The Performance Indicator for DV Renewals is also 95 days; on 29th February 2024 13.78% of these cases were being processed within that time frame. However we expect that DV renewals submitted from 1st April 2024 will be delivered within the KPI of 95 days.

The requirements for security cleared roles across HMG vary and are set by individual department and partner agencies dependent on duties and level of access to Protectively Marked Materials (PMM). It is, therefore, not possible to provide confirmation of the performance of NSV in relation to specific roles. In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters, including average actual processing times.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
29th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the average wait time for each of the eight levels of security vetting by United Kingdom Security Vetting, from 'Baseline Personnel Security Standard' to 'Enhanced Developed Vetting'.

As Minister for State at the Cabinet Office I am able to provide a response in relation to National Security Vetting (NSV). UKSV acts as the service provider for NSV across His Majesty’s Government (HMG). NSV remains a separate and distinct process to recruitment and onboarding processes and provides an additional personnel assurance within both public and private sector for roles and projects that require access to the sensitive assets and Protectively Marked Materials (PMM).

The government does not comment on the workings of the NSV process at the strategic or tactical level for security reasons and thereby details of numbers awaiting NSV cannot be shared. However the following information may be useful.

The Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is not a level of NSV, nor conducted by United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV); it is a separate pre-employment check conducted locally by recruiting departments. As this is a localised departmental element, no central record of data for BPSS is held within HMG at this time.

Following a stabilisation programme initiated in 2023, there have been sustained and stable improvements in performance against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) across all service levels of National Security Vetting clearances which includes Counter Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV). Across core services:

  • Accreditation Checks (AC), a level of NSV, primarily used by the aviation industry, are being completed in five days or less.

  • The KPIs for both CTC and SC are 25 days, on 29th February 2024 96% of cases were being processed within that time frame.

  • The KPI for DV is 95 days; on 29th February 2024 93.48% of initial DV cases were being processed within that time frame.The Performance Indicator for DV Renewals is also 95 days; on 29th February 2024 13.78% of these cases were being processed within that time frame. However we expect that DV renewals submitted from 1st April 2024 will be delivered within the KPI of 95 days.

The requirements for security cleared roles across HMG vary and are set by individual department and partner agencies dependent on duties and level of access to Protectively Marked Materials (PMM). It is, therefore, not possible to provide confirmation of the performance of NSV in relation to specific roles. In line with the practice followed by successive administrations, the Government does not otherwise comment on security matters, including average actual processing times.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward secondary legislation under the Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023.

The Government is pleased the Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act received Royal Assent on 24th May 2023. The Act requires secondary legislation which is subject to the affirmative process. Those regulations will be laid in due course.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impacts of climate change and the increased frequency of extreme weather events on (1) domestic food producers, and (2) food security.

The Climate Change Act 2008 established the framework for strengthening the UK’s preparedness for climate change. The Act requires that the government publish a Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) every five years, which identifies the specific risks facing the UK from climate change. The most recent CCRA was published in January 2022.

The CCRA is followed by the publication of a National Adaptation Programme, which sets out the government’s response to the risks identified by the CCRA. The third National Adaptation Programme (NAP3) was published in July 2023, and addresses all 61 risks and opportunities identified in the third CCRA. NAP3 includes dedicated responses to risks to domestic agricultural productivity and UK food availability, safety, and quality from climate change overseas.

The UK Food Security Report is a triannual statistical report required under the Agriculture Act 2020. The first report was published in 2021 and the next report, due in 2024, will continue to improve our understanding of climate risks to UK food security.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of climate change-related crop loss as a driver of recent increases in food prices; and what proportion of those price increases they assess this accounts for.

Consumer food prices depend on a range of factors including agri-food import prices, agricultural prices, labour and manufacturing costs, Sterling exchange rates and agricultural productivity. As such, we do not have an assessment of the direct or indirect impacts of climate change on food prices.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many digital, data and technology staff (including contractors) are currently employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and what assessment they have made of the adequacy of that number.

As of 31 July 2023 the number of permanent digital, data and technology staff in Defra was 940, and the number of contingent workers was 201. This is the number of staff in our Digital, Data and Technology Services Directorate only, there will be some additional staff working on digital, data and technology activity elsewhere across the rest of Defra group. Our HR systems do not currently allow us to identify staff in this category.

Defra continually keeps its resourcing under review. For digital, data and technology (DDaT) roles, there are particular challenges when it comes to recruiting and retaining civil servant staff – as acknowledged by the recent National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee reports into Defra’s technology, and by the Central Digital and Data Office’s own analysis and roadmap for DDaT in Government more generally. Defra therefore uses a blended model of civil servants, contingent labour and suppliers to deliver DDaT work, and has the resourcing needed to deliver the work required. As market conditions change, Defra regularly reviews the most efficient and effective blend of resourcing to deliver its work.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how many applications for (1) licences, (2) grants, (3) subsidies, and (4) certificates, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs carried out (a) on paper, and (b) digitally, in the last year for which records are held.

The information requested is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.

Defra Group is developing a digital transformation strategy which will express our collective ambition to provide joined-up digital services for citizens and businesses and to deliver environmental outcomes in a more efficient and effective way, through harnessing opportunities presented by digital data and technology.

Areas of focus for our citizen and business facing services include:

Reducing the number of paper forms people are required to complete.

Making our services joined-up, consistent, user-friendly and accessible.

Reducing manual processing to provide faster outcomes.

As part of the strategy, we will explore our common types of services i.e. licences and grants, to identify opportunities to improve and consolidate our service and technology estate.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what, if any, support is available to domestic food producers whose crops are damaged or lost as a result of climate change-related extreme weather events.

We are aware of the concerns on variable weather conditions. The full impact will become more apparent as the harvest progresses – results will vary by region, area, crop, soil type, and fertiliser applications amongst other factors. The reality of the UK climate means that fluctuations in yield are expected and managed year on year by farmers.

We are keeping the situation under close review, including through the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group (UKAMMG), which was set up by Defra and the Devolved Administrations to monitor the UK market situation across all key agricultural commodities. We also continue to regularly engage with industry to supplement our analysis with real-time intelligence.

21st May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether their commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030 has been incorporated into the Treasury’s baseline budgets.

The Prime Minister recently set out our pledge: to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. That increase starts immediately, rising each year, and will see defence spending rise to £87 billion a year by 2030/31. This is the biggest strengthening of our defence since the Cold War.

The commitment will be fully funded, with no increases in borrowing or debt.

21st May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the break-down of the planned cuts to be made to each government department's research and development budget to help fund the commitment to spend 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product on defence by 2030.

We have committed to increase government R&D spending by £2 billion, from £20 billion in 2024-25 to £22 billion in the next Parliament.

14th May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many meetings the Earl of Minto has had with representatives from the Defence Police Federation since November 2023.

I have had written correspondence with the Defence Police Federation since taking up post in November 2023, but have held no meetings to date; I did, however, offer for the Defence Police Federation to meet with Senior Officials which took place in early March 2024.

14th May 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many meetings the Earl of Minto has had with the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police since November 2023.

Owing to a combination of diary constraints and scheduled calls being cancelled due to urgent business on both sides, I have not had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police.

28th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what was the gender breakdown of people leaving the Armed Forces in each year from 2010 to 2023.

The information requested by the noble Lady can be found on the attached excel spreadsheet.

28th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what is the gender breakdown of (1) people currently employed by the Ministry of Defence and associated agencies, and (2) civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence, by grade.

The information requested by the noble Lady can be found on the attached excel spreadsheet.

28th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many sexual harassment specialists are employed in Defence Business Services.

43 HR caseworkers are employed in Defence Business Services, who advise on HR processes including claims received for sexual harassment cases.

11th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government to list the items stolen from UK military bases and Ministry of Defence sites with a value of more than £100 in 2022–23.

This information is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

4th Sep 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what, if any, mitigating actions they are taking to protect key (1) defence, and (2) national security, sites across the UK from the effects of climate change.

A key objective of the Strategy for Defence Infrastructure, published in Jan 2022, is to ensure the estate is resilient to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change. The Department has an established site level bespoke Climate Impact Risk Assessment Methodology to identify and assess vulnerabilities, and to drive local mitigation and adaptation. To date, over 200 military bases have been assessed including all of Defence’s Critical National Infrastructure sites.

The Department will publish its strategic Estate Climate Resilience Plan (ECRP) in 2024, which will further build on the programme of these assessments.