Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport)

(since September 2015)
Communications and Digital Committee
8th Jun 2015 - 1st Jul 2019
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Media and the Creative Industries)
1st Jun 2015 - 7th Sep 2015
Privacy and Injunctions (Joint Committee)
18th Jul 2011 - 12th Mar 2012
Communications and Digital Committee
23rd Apr 2007 - 8th Apr 2010
BBC Charter Review Committee
24th May 2005 - 8th Nov 2006


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 19th January 2022
10:00
Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Armed Forces Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 64 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 173
Speeches
Wednesday 24th November 2021
Ofcom: Appointment of Chair

I thank the noble Lord for his Answer and say how pleased we are on these Benches that so many …

Written Answers
Wednesday 10th November 2021
Afghanistan: Repatriation
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prioritise the safe evacuation from Afghanistan of journalists (1) …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has voted in 175 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 Barran (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(36 debate interactions)
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(5 debate interactions)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(4 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has not made any spoken contributions to legislative debate
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Commons initiatives

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Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


13 Written Questions in the current parliament

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15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many representatives from local councils are members of the (1) Cultural Renewal Taskforce, and (2) Cultural Recovery Board.

The Cultural Renewal Taskforce (CRT) and its Working Groups were set up to develop guidance for safe reopening of DCMS sectors following the latest coronavirus guidelines. The Culture Recovery Board was created to oversee the delivery of the Culture Recovery Fund.

The membership of the Cultural Renewal Taskforce and its Working Groups and the membership of the Culture Recovery Board can be found on the government’s website. The Local Government Association is a member of several of the CRT Working Groups.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the (1) Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and (2) Minister of State for Digital and Culture, have had with representatives from the Local Government Association or local Council representatives, since March 2020.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport met with the Local Government Association this month.

In addition, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture and the Local Government Association were among the attendees for a Museums Working Group in June.

The full list of Ministerial meetings are published on gov.uk on a quarterly basis.



Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
13th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the EU during their negotiations relating to the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement about visa arrangements for (1) UK performing artists touring the EU, and (2) performing artists from the EU touring the UK.

I refer the Noble Baroness to the Secretary of State’s answer to Written Question 135862 on 14th January.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support arts charities with community outreach work which have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to support the arts sector specifically, including those charitable organisations within the sector, DCMS has worked closely with Arts Council England to provide a tailored package of financial support. In March, Arts Council England announced a £160m emergency response package to complement the financial measures already announced by the Government and support the resilience of this vital sector. This funding package will support organisations and individuals who need the most support to see them through this crisis. More details can be found on the Arts Council’s website (https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19).

Many charitable organisations within the Arts are continuing to provide their world class content in innovative and unique formats and continue to engage with their communities. The Globe Theatre, The National Theatre and The Royal Opera House are all providing access to their online catalogues and providing access to culture in digital formats in order to maintain their links with communities. In addition, Sadler's Wells is presenting a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online to connect people through dance, and Wiltshire Creative is working with its young ambassadors to plan a Takeover Festival which will run over the summer online and consist of events, performances and activities.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to use current cultural funding streams to support the cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government has worked with various Arms Length Bodies to create tailored funding packages, made up of existing funding, to support the cultural sector at this time.

Arts Council England has announced a £160m emergency response package to complement the financial measures already announced by the Government and support the resilience of this vital sector. This funding package will support organisations and individuals who need the most support to see them through this crisis. More details can be found on the Arts Council’s website (https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19).

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is also making £50 million available through the Heritage Emergency Fund which will address immediate pressures over the next 3-6 months for those most in need alongside increased investment in essential digital skills across the sector, providing expertise in critical areas such as digital fundraising, use of social media and communications, running online events and activities.

Historic England has also launched a £2 million Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund to provide grants to small heritage organisations. This funding will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
27th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prioritise the safe evacuation from Afghanistan of journalists (1) currently, and (2) formerly, employed by the BBC who are at risk as a result of their professional associations.

It remains a top priority to help those British nationals and those Afghans eligible to come to the UK, to leave Afghanistan, including journalists. Since the end of the military evacuation, the Government has facilitated the departure of both Afghan and British nationals from Afghanistan. Although travel within Afghanistan remains dangerous, and many border crossings have been closed during this period, we have also helped both British nationals and eligible Afghans when they have crossed into third countries, from where our diplomatic missions have been able to support their onward travel to the UK. We will continue to work to take advantage of all opportunities to help those eligible to come to the UK to leave Afghanistan.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when is the earliest date that applicants can expect to receive funding from the SME Brexit Support Fund.

The earliest date by which applicants can expect to receive funding from the SME Brexit Support Fund, following a successful application, is within 30 days of the valid claim for reimbursement being accepted.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is provision for SME Brexit Support Fund grants to be applied retroactively to cover adjustments put in place by businesses before the funding became available.

Applicants can only seek support for eligible expenditure on or after 11 February 2021, the date the scheme was announced.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits to businesses of receiving funding from the SME Brexit Support Fund (1) at any time, and (2) after the impending import process changes.

The Government has provided extensive guidance to businesses on VAT, excise, and customs processes to support them in their readiness for the UK leaving the EU. This guidance includes videos, webinars and step-by-step guides.

The announcement of the SME Brexit Support Fund followed extensive engagement with individual businesses, leading business organisations and trade associations from across the UK. Grants have been designed to cover a significant portion of the costs faced for basic customs training courses or professional advice on customs, rules of origin and the VAT aspects of imports and exports.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the 100 per cent business rates holiday for the next 12 months to “all leisure business in England”, announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 17 March, will cover the offices of such businesses, including theatre production offices and places used for content production such as studios; and what guidance they have provided to local authorities about that business rates holiday.

The Government has provided enhanced support to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through business rates relief given the direct and acute impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those sectors. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government published updated guidance on 25 March.

A range of further measures to support all businesses, including those not eligible for the business rates holiday, such as creative industry businesses, has also been made available. For example, the Government has launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms continue to keep people in employment and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank, backed by an 80% Government guarantee, and is deferring VAT payments for this quarter.

The Government will consider any further financial assistance necessary to help businesses get through this period.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to support creative industries businesses whose premises have a rateable value higher than £51,000.

The Government has provided enhanced support to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through business rates relief given the direct and acute impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those sectors. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government published updated guidance on 25 March.

A range of further measures to support all businesses, including those not eligible for the business rates holiday, such as creative industry businesses, has also been made available. For example, the Government has launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms continue to keep people in employment and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank, backed by an 80% Government guarantee, and is deferring VAT payments for this quarter.

The Government will consider any further financial assistance necessary to help businesses get through this period.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide further tools to local government to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government is providing a package of support for businesses and workers, in recognition of the disruption caused by Covid-19. This includes £12.3bn for local authorities to deliver to SMEs under the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund. On 1 May, the Business Secretary announced a further up to £617 million available to local authorities to support small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funding. Government is working closely with all local authorities to help them make payments to businesses as quickly and effectively as possible, whilst safeguarding public funds. As part of this we have provided detailed guidance and FAQs, regular briefings and one-to-one support from ministers and officials. Government will also provide additional funding to local authorities to meet the administrative costs of delivering this policy. Alongside support through local authorities, the Chancellor pledged an additional £10 million to increase Growth Hub capacity and provide high-quality business advice and guidance across all 38 Growth Hubs.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many creative industries businesses have applied for the (1) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans scheme, (2) the Small Business Grants Fund, and (3) the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund since their introduction.

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) opened for applications on 23 March. As of 21 April, over £2.8 billion worth of loans have been issued to over 16,600 businesses. Lenders have received a total of over 36,000 applications.

At this time we cannot provide a breakdown of CBILS funding by sector, as we have given lenders a temporary dispensation from uploading their data to the British Business Bank’s system in order to let them focus on issuing new loans. This is a pragmatic step that reflects the urgency of getting loans issued. We are working with the British Business Bank, HM Treasury and the lenders on providing transparent and regular data publication going forward.

Government has also made £12.3 billion available to businesses under the Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund. On 1 May, the Business Secretary made up to £617 million available to local authorities to support small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funding. Local authorities are contacting businesses directly to deliver these grants. See this link for further (attached) information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/top-up-to-local-business-grant-funds-scheme

As of 3 May, over 697,000 business premises have received grants across the two schemes, totalling £8.6 billion. We do not receive management information from local authorities broken down by sector. We have, however, published, a full breakdown of grant funding allocated to and distributed by each local authority (attached) here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-grant-funding-local-authority-payments-to-small-and-medium-businesses.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)