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Baroness Butler-Sloss

Crossbench - Life peer

Became Member: 13th June 2006

2 APPG memberships (as of 30 May 2024)
Family Separation, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
5 Former APPG memberships
22q11 Syndrome, Children, Gibraltar, Religion in the Media, Rule of Law
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
9th Jul 2015 - 30th May 2024
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
16th Jun 2020 - 30th May 2024
Procedure and Privileges Committee
31st Jan 2023 - 31st Jan 2024
Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee)
27th Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Draft Modern Slavery Bill
15th Jan 2014 - 3rd Apr 2014
Adoption Legislation Committee
29th May 2012 - 26th Feb 2013
Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
14th Nov 2007 - 15th May 2012
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee
14th Nov 2007 - 15th May 2012

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Baroness Butler-Sloss has voted in 241 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
(32 debate interactions)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
(32 debate interactions)
Baroness Barran (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(23 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(101 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(38 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(35 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21
(7,388 words contributed)
Illegal Migration Act 2023
(6,303 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Baroness Butler-Sloss, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

Baroness Butler-Sloss has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Butler-Sloss has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting

Latest 3 Written Questions

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4th Dec 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings in the report by the Children's Commissioner Unaccompanied children in need of care, published 16 November, on the level of safeguarding for unaccompanied children who arrived by boat and were placed in hotels since 2021; and what steps they intend to take to ensure such children are properly safeguarded.

The Children’s Commissioners’ report on ‘Unaccompanied children in need of care’ was published on 29th November. The Home Office are reviewing the report and will respond directly to the Children’s Commissioner in due course.

Hotel accommodation was an emergency response to Kent’s position on newly arriving unaccompanied children in July 2021. The high number of UASC arriving via small boats also placed significant pressure on the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which resulted in the use of hotels continuing for longer than our short-term ambition. Out of necessity, the Home Office have accommodated UASC on an emergency and temporary basis while placements with local authorities have been vigorously pursued.

Those who have been accommodated in hotels are supported by team leaders and support workers who are on site 24 hours a day. Further support is provided on site by teams of social workers and nurses. Staff, including contractors, receive a number of briefings and guidance on how to safeguard children. All children receive a welfare interview; this includes a series of questions specifically designed to understand whether there are any potential indicators of trafficking or particular safeguarding issues.

The High Court recently ruled that the routine and systematic use of hotels to accommodate UASC is unlawful. We are working at pace with Kent County Council, other government departments, and local authorities across the UK, to ensure suitable local authority placements are provided for UASC urgently and sustainably.

The High Court has upheld that local authorities have a statutory duty to care for all children including UASC. Local authorities are also under a mandated obligation to comply with the National Transfer Scheme. The Home Office have always maintained that the best place for UASC to be accommodated is within a local authority.

Lord Sharpe of Epsom
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Murray of Blidworth on 22 November (HL3235), what are the reasons for the delay in appointing an Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner; and what is their timetable for making the appointment.

The process to recruit a new Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner (IASC) follows the principles set out within the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments.

A fair and open recruitment campaign is underway, and it would be inappropriate to comment any further while this process is ongoing.

A decision on the appointment is currently under consideration.

7th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government why an Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner has not been appointed in accordance with section 40(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The role of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) as set out in the 2015 Modern Slavery Act is to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences and the identification of victims.

The process to recruit a new IASC follows the principles set out within the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments which can be found on GOV.UK.

A decision on the appointment is under consideration.