Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville Portrait

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

(since October 2017)
4 APPG memberships (as of 6 Oct 2021)
County, Dark Skies, District Councils, Gypsies, Travellers and Roma
1 Former APPG membership
Housing and Planning
Middle Level Bill Committee
4th Jun 2018 - 12th Jul 2018
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
28th Oct 2016 - 12th Oct 2017
Procedure and Privileges Committee
12th Jun 2014 - 27th Apr 2017
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government)
17th May 2016 - 28th Oct 2016
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 11th Dec 2015
Personal Service Companies
12th Nov 2013 - 31st Mar 2014


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 19th October 2021
15:45
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021/879)
19 Oct 2021, 3:45 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Robert Courts MP - Minister at Department for Transport
Louise Morgan - Director of Strategy and Private Office at Department for Transport
Katy Ware - Director of Maritime Services, Maritime and Coastguard Agency at Department for Transport
David Harding - Deputy Director, General Aviation, Safety, Skills and CAA at Department for Transport
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Department Event
Tuesday 19th October 2021
15:45
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
19 Oct 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Organics (Equivalence and Control Bodies Listing) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
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Department Event
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Legislation - Main Chamber
Environment Bill - consideration of Commons amendments
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Division Votes
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 57 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 148 Noes - 129
Speeches
Thursday 14th October 2021
Culling of Pigs

My Lords, it is heartbreaking to raise stock from piglets to fully grown pigs ready for slaughter and the supermarket …

Written Answers
Monday 12th July 2021
Gambling
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Economic Assessment of Selected House of Lords Gambling …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville has voted in 167 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Jones of Whitchurch (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(47 debate interactions)
Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
(37 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(18 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(7 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


14 Written Questions in the current parliament

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5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to strip the Gambling Commission of its power to impose affordability checks on vulnerable consumers.

The Gambling Commission received over 13,000 responses to its consultation and call for evidence on Remote Customer Interaction (including on issues to do with affordability) and has published an interim update on its website outlining next steps. It intends to publish a full report this summer.

The government remains in close contact with the Commission as its work progresses and the Commission is sharing key evidence with the Department on affordability and other topics where it could be relevant to our Review of the Gambling Act 2005. We are considering all evidence submitted to our Review, and any proposed changes will be led by that evidence.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Economic Assessment of Selected House of Lords Gambling Reforms, prepared by NERA Economic Consulting for the Peers for Gambling Reform and published on 26 May.

We are considering the report by NERA Economic Consulting carefully, along with the large amount of evidence we have received in connection with our Review. We aim to publish a white paper by the end of the year, setting out our conclusions and next steps for the Gambling Act Review.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support a national memorial to recognise the work of the emergency services.

It is not normal practice for central government to fund new memorials.

Many organisations – public and private – are able (subject to the relevant permissions) to propose, fund, develop and deliver memorials marking a variety of incidents and historical moments in a way that they are best-placed to deem appropriate and sensitive.

Many successful memorials are created by a wide-range of authorities and organisations and this allows each memorial to respond sensitively to the particular circumstances that it seeks to commemorate.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to travelling fairgrounds to assist with the income lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

Government has introduced a number of support measures to support the tourism and outdoor events sector through COVID-19, which travelling fairground businesses can access. We introduced a substantial, UK-wide cut in VAT for many tourism and hospitality activities, including admission to circuses and fairs, until the end of March.

In response to the current national restrictions, the Chancellor has confirmed how the government will support businesses and individuals during this period - including through the extension of various government-backed loans and the extended furlough and self-employed support schemes.

Further to this, the Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary fund will allow Local Authorities to help businesses more broadly. It supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes, such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant, or where additional funding is needed.

From 2 December, as set out in the COVID Winter Plan we will return to a tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions in England. Funfairs and fairgrounds - which will be permitted to reopen in all three tiers as they were prior to this period of national restrictions - will need to go through the normal process of requesting permission and any relevant licences from the relevant authority and have the relevant health and safety protocols in place, including a Covid-19 risk assessment. Local Authorities are responsible for deciding whether to permit outdoor events in their area. Decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to both the risks and the mitigations in place.

In the government's Covid-19 Secure guidance for the Visitor Economy, we have provided guidance for Local Authorities on how to assess applications for outdoor events and how Local Authorities should support event organisers to hold outdoor events safely. We will continue to work closely with Local Authorities and the sector to get outdoor events running safely and successfully once they are permitted.


Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with local authorities about the case for permitting fairs to take place.

Government has introduced a number of support measures to support the tourism and outdoor events sector through COVID-19, which travelling fairground businesses can access. We introduced a substantial, UK-wide cut in VAT for many tourism and hospitality activities, including admission to circuses and fairs, until the end of March.

In response to the current national restrictions, the Chancellor has confirmed how the government will support businesses and individuals during this period - including through the extension of various government-backed loans and the extended furlough and self-employed support schemes.

Further to this, the Additional Restrictions Grant discretionary fund will allow Local Authorities to help businesses more broadly. It supports businesses that are not covered by other grant schemes, such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant, or where additional funding is needed.

From 2 December, as set out in the COVID Winter Plan we will return to a tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions in England. Funfairs and fairgrounds - which will be permitted to reopen in all three tiers as they were prior to this period of national restrictions - will need to go through the normal process of requesting permission and any relevant licences from the relevant authority and have the relevant health and safety protocols in place, including a Covid-19 risk assessment. Local Authorities are responsible for deciding whether to permit outdoor events in their area. Decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, with consideration given to both the risks and the mitigations in place.

In the government's Covid-19 Secure guidance for the Visitor Economy, we have provided guidance for Local Authorities on how to assess applications for outdoor events and how Local Authorities should support event organisers to hold outdoor events safely. We will continue to work closely with Local Authorities and the sector to get outdoor events running safely and successfully once they are permitted.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support charities, such as Coeliac UK, who are providing information to patients with dietary conditions; and what assessment they have made of the impact of the loss of income and the increase in demand for such charities’ services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I recognise that many charities such as Coeliac UK are experiencing some particular pressures as a result of loss of income as a result of Covid 19, while demand for their services is unchanged or even increasing. The voluntary sector is playing a vital role in providing services for vulnerable people, and will continue to be an important vehicle for the UK’s Covid-19 response.

I thank Coeliac UK for continuing to work closely with gluten free food industry contacts to understand how coronavirus might affect the production and supply of gluten free food to make sure that the safety of people with coeliac disease is maintained.

In response to the pressures faced by charities and voluntary organisations a package of grant funds worth £750 million was announced on 8 April to support charities at risk of financial hardship. This is a substantial package of targeted support for charities on the frontline of responding to Coronavirus. £360 million is coming directly from government departments, and £370 million will be provided for smaller charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund. More information on this second tranche of funding More details will be released in the coming days via the National Lottery Community Fund. The aim is to get funding to those in greatest need as soon as possible.

Charities also have access to cross-cutting support already announced including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which enables them to furlough staff, and a three-month VAT deferral.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the (1) import, and (2) sale, of dogs with cropped ears in the UK.

The practice of mutilating dogs’ ears is abhorrent and has rightly been banned in the UK for 15 years.

We already have some of the world’s highest animal welfare standards. The end of the transition period has opened up new opportunities for managing our own pet travel and commercial importation rules. We are actively listening to the concerns of stakeholders and the Government is considering options regarding the importation and commercial movements of dogs with cropped ears into Great Britain in line with World Trade Organisation rules.

Importers of animals must adhere to welfare standards as set out in Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and in domestic legislation, The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 (WATEO). This legislation aims to protect the health and welfare of animals during transportation and applies to dogs that are suffering injury as a result of non-exempted mutilations including cropped ears.

The maximum penalty for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal or cropping a dog’s ears in England is six months’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine. However, the Government is committed to increasing the maximum custodial penalty for both of these offences from six months to five years. The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, currently before Parliament, which will implement this increase, will continue to receive Government support as it completes its passage through Parliament.

The Government also continues to raise awareness regarding the improper selling of pets by deceitful sellers in the UK and abroad through our ‘Petfished’ campaign. This seeks to educate prospective pet buyers on common tricks and tactics used by deceitful sellers which may result in the purchase of a mistreated or unwell pet, including those that have been subject to cropping. The campaign urges buyers to mitigate risks, for example by buying from trusted sellers such as those under the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder scheme, viewing puppies with their mothers and siblings, asking questions of the seller and following the Animal Welfare Foundation and RSPCA Puppy Contract to ensure that puppies are in good health when purchased.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the over-70s are struggling to renew their driving licences due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions; and what steps they are taking to improve the service of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to support over-70s.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) currently has a limited number of staff who are focused on dealing with applications from those who are directly involved in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The quickest and easiest way to renew a driving licence is to use the DVLA’s online service. We are aware that some drivers may face difficulties using that service and those customers should submit a paper application in the normal way. However, paper applications will take longer to process in the current circumstances. The DVLA is considering options to help drivers stay mobile and more information will be made available at the appropriate time.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
1st Jul 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to any societal changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans there are to establish a Select Committee to consider (1) the membership, and (2) the role, of the House of Lords.

There are no current plans for the appointment of a new committee to consider these matters. The Liaison Committee runs regular exercises to invite proposals from members for special inquiry committee topics, and I would encourage anyone with particular suggestions for new committee activity to make them in this context.

The Lord Speaker’s committee on the Size of the House published its first report in October 2017, and has since published updates in 2018 and 2019. It is anticipated that this committee will reconvene soon to consider further the size of the membership of the House.

30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS dietary clinics can reopen to provide support to patients and the NHS quickly.

Some NHS services were temporarily suspended whilst we concentrated on dealing with COVID-19. Now, as a result of the measures put in place, we appear to have come through the peak of new cases being reported and it has been decided to begin the ‘reset’ of services across the National Health Service, including nutrition and dietary services. Decisions on how to do this will be taken locally, based on local demand. The NHS issued guidance to NHS service providers on 29 April outlining the next steps in the NHS response to COVID-19.

30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to support charities, in particular those that support the NHS, who have experienced a loss of income at the same time as an increased demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 8 April 2020 the Chancellor announced £750 million to support the charity sector in response to COVID-19. This fund comprises three elements:

- £360 million will be allocated by central Government to charities in England based on evidence of service need.

- £370 million will support charities working with vulnerable people. In England, this support will be provided through the National Lottery Community Fund.

- The Government will match the public donations to the BBC Big Night In fundraising event that took place on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to exempt Community Land Trusts from leasehold enfranchisement.

The Government is committed to promoting fairness and transparency for homeowners and ensuring that consumers are protected from abuse and poor service. We are taking forward a comprehensive programme of reform to end unfair practices in the leasehold market. In January we announced reforms to the valuation process and length of lease extensions, in response to Law Commission recommendations.

The Law Commission’s report on enfranchisement includes recommendations relating to the qualifying criteria for enfranchisement and lease extensions, including the applicability of these to community led housing. We will bring forward a response to these and the other remaining Law Commission recommendations in due course.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the role played by community land trusts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the future contribution of such trusts to economic recovery; and what support they have provided, and intend to provide, to such trusts.

The Government has not made any systematic assessment of the role played by community land trusts (CLTs) specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic, but recognises that CLTs make a valuable contribution in organising and delivering support of various kinds for members of the community in need. For example, CLTs are able to support small, local construction companies and local supply chains, and help sustain local economies by providing homes that are affordable at local income levels.

Since 2016, the Government has supported CLTs (and other forms of community-led housing organisations) through the Community Housing Fund. Through the support provided by Homes England outside London, the Community Housing Fund has succeeded in building up a delivery pipeline of over 10,000 homes that can be delivered relatively quickly once capital funding is made available.

The Community Housing Fund closed at the end of March. Ministers are considering all budgets in the round and allocations for 2020/21 will be confirmed at Main Estimates in the next few weeks. Allocations for future years will be considered at the forthcoming Spending Review. Some community-led housing schemes will be able to obtain capital funding from the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme, also delivered by Homes England.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)