Baroness Drake Portrait

Baroness Drake

Labour - Life peer

3 APPG memberships (as of 15 Jun 2022)
Challenger Banks and Building Societies, Financial Resilience, Pensions
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Sep 2018 - 4th Nov 2019
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
12th Jun 2014 - 27th Apr 2017
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
6th Dec 2016 - 17th Mar 2017
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
8th Dec 2015 - 4th Mar 2016
Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding Committee
28th Jan 2016 - 29th Feb 2016
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
8th Jan 2014 - 11th Mar 2014
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Committee
29th May 2012 - 28th Feb 2013
Trusts (Capital and Income) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee
19th Jun 2012 - 24th Jul 2012
Draft Financial Services Bill (Joint Committee)
20th Jul 2011 - 13th Dec 2011


Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th July 2022
10:00
Constitution Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Role of the Lord Chancellor and the Law Officers
6 Jul 2022, 10 a.m.
At 10.15am: Oral evidence
The Rt Hon. the Lord Garnier QC - former Solicitor General for England and Wales (2010-12) at Attorney General's Office
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC - former Attorney General for England and Wales, and Advocate General for Northern Ireland (2010-14) at Attorney General's Office
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Division Votes
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc.) Order 2022
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 101 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 193 Noes - 119
Speeches
Monday 27th June 2022
Gender Pensions Gap
My Lords, the Minister’s reply reveals a disappointing tolerance of carers’ inequality. Caring is an economic activity, resulting in millions …
Written Answers
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Business: Coronavirus
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will provide greater clarity on their plans for the phasing out of current …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Drake has voted in 235 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

4 Nov 2020 - Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Baroness Drake voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 119 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 30 Noes - 376
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Baroness Stedman-Scott (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(21 debate interactions)
Earl Howe (Conservative)
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
(7 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for Work and Pensions
(40 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(7 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Baroness Drake has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Drake has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Baroness Drake has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


6 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
18th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what further initiatives they will put in place to build and maintain a consensus with Parliament, devolved administrations and local governments on how the national interests can best be met as the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted and they seek to rebuild the economy.

Protecting the health and safety of the public is, and must always be, our top priority. The UK Government is working with the Devolved Administrations and local government to keep the whole of the UK safe. For example, back to work guidance documents have been developed in consultation with approximately 250 businesses, unions, industry leaders as well as the Devolved Administrations.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is working with local resilience forums to coordinate the response of local public?services, and?provide?support to the most vulnerable in our communities. The department has published guidance here for local councils during the coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government

It is vital that Parliament can continue to scrutinise the Government and legislate to support the coronavirus response.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide additional support to kinship carers who are caring for vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local authorities have a general duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need living within their areas. This can include support for kinship care families who look after vulnerable children. Councils across England are getting an additional £3.2 billion to help them to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus, including to support vulnerable children.

Kinship families whose children left care through special guardianship orders are eligible for therapeutic support through the recently announced Adoption Support Fund COVID-19 scheme. The scheme will pay for different types of therapeutic support for families whose children have experienced trauma or abuse in their early life and as a result be made more anxious during the current coronavirus crisis.

We are working with sector organisations such as the Family Rights Group and Grandparents Plus who represent kinship carers to understand the challenges and identify opportunities to increase the support available to them.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure alternative support will be provided if there are insufficient staff available to support residents in a care home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know that many social care providers are working together and with local government and health services to support each other with workforce shortages. We will further facilitate this mutual aid by shortly publishing guidance about the redeployment of staff and the use of volunteers. We are developing our data collection to provide information on workforce pressures across England, ensuring that resources can be targeted where they are most needed. Additionally, on 23 April we launched a new national recruitment campaign which aims to attract 20,000 people into social care over the next three months. To enable quick recruitment, we are temporarily providing free-of-charge Disclosure and Barring Service applications and fast-track Barred List checks for many of our vital social care roles. We are also working with NHS England to ensure that nurses returning to practice are deployed where they are most needed.

18th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will provide greater clarity on their plans for the phasing out of current emergency financial measures and the phasing in of any further support measures, so that businesses and organisations have time to assess the implications and plan accordingly.

As the economy re-opens, we are looking at how to adjust our support in a way that ensures people can get back to work, protecting both the UK economy and the livelihoods of the British people.

On the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Chancellor has been clear that getting people back to work will be introduced in a measured way, avoiding a cliff edge. The scheme will run in full until July. We will then introduce more flexibility so that we move out of the scheme in a measured way that protects people’s incomes and helps support furloughed employees as they return to work. This will run for three months from August through to the end of October.

The Government will continue to monitor developments to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on individuals and businesses.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish data on the number of furloughed workers by (1) sector, and (2) size of enterprise. [T]

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. As of Thursday 23rd April HMRC had received about 512,000 claims with a total value of about £4.5bn.

This is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employees have been furloughed to date, broken down by (1) industry sector and (2) size of business.

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. As of midnight Sunday 3 May 800,000 employers had furloughed a total of 6.3m jobs, with a total value claimed of around £8bn.

This is a new scheme and HMRC are currently working through the analysis they will be able to provide based on the data available. HMRC will make the timescales for publication and the types of data available in due course.