Baroness Smith of Basildon Portrait

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Labour - Life peer

Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office, Constitutional and Devolved issues)

(since April 2020)

Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

(since June 2018)

Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

(since January 2018)

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

(since May 2015)
1 APPG membership (as of 15 Jun 2022)
British Overseas Territories
1 Former APPG membership
Overseas Territories
Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 5th Nov 2019
Palace of Westminster (Joint Committee)
20th Jul 2015 - 27th Apr 2017
House Committee (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 14th Dec 2015
Liaison Committee (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 14th Dec 2015
Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Lords)
6th Sep 2012 - 27th May 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
6th Sep 2012 - 27th May 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)
8th Oct 2010 - 18th Mar 2013
Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
17th Oct 2011 - 6th Sep 2012
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Third Sector)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Planning)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)
14th Oct 2002 - 5th May 2006
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
12th Jun 2001 - 13th Jun 2002


Department Event
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Leader of the House
Legislation - Main Chamber
Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill – second reading
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Department Event
Monday 4th July 2022
15:45
Cabinet Office
Legislation - Grand Committee
4 Jul 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Procurement Bill – committee stage (day 1)
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Department Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
Northern Ireland Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill - report stage
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Department Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
16:15
Cabinet Office
Legislation - Grand Committee
6 Jul 2022, 4:15 p.m.
Procurement Bill – committee stage (day 2)
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Department Event
Monday 11th July 2022
15:45
Cabinet Office
Legislation - Grand Committee
11 Jul 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Procurement Bill – committee stage (day 3)
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 11th July 2022
16:00
Department Event
Wednesday 13th July 2022
16:15
Cabinet Office
Legislation - Grand Committee
13 Jul 2022, 4:15 p.m.
Procurement Bill – committee stage (day 4)
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Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 8th September 2022
12:30
Division Votes
Tuesday 21st June 2022
Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 37 Labour No votes vs 0 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 28 Noes - 181
Speeches
Tuesday 21st June 2022
Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2022
My Lords, it is on days such as today, as the Minister may agree, that there is a feeling of …
Written Answers
Monday 10th January 2022
Suicide: Mental Health Services
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients present as a suicide risk; and what steps they are taking …
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 Smith of Basildon has voted in 276 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 True (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(74 debate interactions)
Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat)
(30 debate interactions)
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(17 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(70 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(66 debate contributions)
Northern Ireland Office
(14 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Baroness Smith of Basildon has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Smith of Basildon has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Baroness Smith of Basildon has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Baroness Smith of Basildon has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


13 Written Questions in the current parliament

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22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what guidance and advice is available to shops and retail outlets that have essential and non-essential goods for sale.

The Prime Minister has given important instructions to enforce social distancing to reduce the chance of transmission. To help this vital effort, he has announced the closure of all shops selling non-essential goods.

The Government has not asked all businesses to shut – indeed it is important for business to carry on - and comprehensive guidance on the exceptions can be found on gov.uk: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close) Only some non-essential shops and public venues have been asked to close.

The UK Government, working with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, has published guidance on social distancing, which it continues to update to provide greater clarity for employers and employees on these measures which can be found on gov.uk: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/social-distancing-coronavirus.htm

Businesses that do have people onsite should ensure that employees and customers are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a two metre distance from others. This guidance can also be found on gov.uk: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19)

In addition to this, the Prime Minister has said we will take every step that we can to ensure that businesses are protected; this includes essential businesses experiencing difficulties. There is specific business advice available; the first port of call for advice and guidance should be the dedicated gov.uk pages referenced above. There is a dedicated Business Support Helpline (0300 456 3565) which has also been strengthened so businesses can speak directly to an adviser.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what goods, other than food or pharmaceutical products, are considered essential items for the puposes of COVID-19 measures.

The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. The Government has set out guidance on which organisations this requirement covers and what the exceptions are. Government have not published a list of goods it deems essential for the purposes of Covid-19.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the purposes of COVID-19 measures, what discussions they have had with (1) employers, (2) employee representatives, and (3) trade unions, about staff working in the retail and distribution sectors.

Ministers and officials have regular engagement with a large number of businesses, representative organisations and trade unions across all sectors including retail and distribution.

Ministers have hosted a regular series of calls in recent weeks, where they have had the chance to speak to and hear directly from a wide range of organisations and businesses specifically for the purposes of COVID-19.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations (1) have benefitted, or (2) are due to benefit, from the Culture Recovery Fund; and in which regions those organisations are located.

Applications to Arts Council England, Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and British Film Institute closed in early September.

Additional funding from the £1.57bn will has gone to Scotland (£97m); Wales (£59m) and Northern Ireland (£33m)

On 22nd August, the £3.36 million Emergency Grassroot Music Venues Fund was shared among 136 venues across England who applied for support to survive the imminent risk of collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of this package, The British Film Institute (BFI) is also administering a £30-million fund on a rolling basis to support independent cinemas as they reopen, which will run until October 30th. The first wave of grant allocations was announced on Friday 2nd October, which saw 42 independent cinemas across England receive a share of £654,883.

On Friday 9th October 445 heritage organisations were awarded £103 million from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. Grants of up to £1m will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund.

On Monday 12th October Arts Council England awarded £257 million to over 1,300 organisations which applied for less than £1 million. The funding goes to theatres, galleries, performance groups, arts organisations, museums and local venues facing the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure they have a sustainable future.

Further announcements of how the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will be allocated will be made in the coming weeks.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they provide to the NHS on contacting (1) a parent, (2) a family member, or (3) a carer, in cases of young people under the age of 18 who are considered to be a suicide risk by (a) the NHS, or (b) another health professional.

The Department has developed an online only information sharing and suicide prevention consensus statement with input from leading mental health organisations, which aims to improve information and support for families and carers who are concerned about someone who may be at risk of suicide and to better support those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Through its contract with the Department, the Zero Suicide Alliance has developed SHARE: Consent, confidentiality & information Sharing in mental healthcare & suicide prevention on using the consensus statement for information sharing and suicide prevention and how to engage with patients when discussing confidentiality and consent to share information where this may help to prevent suicide. A copy is attached.

Practitioners should also refer to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s quality standard Suicide prevention, which includes a section on involving family, carers or friends. A copy is attached.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued for health professionals regarding patients who are at risk of suicide.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance for the National Health Service, social care, local authorities, emergency services, the criminal justice system and other services to identify those most at risk. Copies of Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings and a quality standard Suicide prevention are attached.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what immediate NHS provision is available to those at risk of suicide.

There is no defined pathway for those deemed at risk of suicide, as provision should be determined locally, based on a clinical assessment of the person’s individual situation and needs. However, we are expanding a number of other pathways to support people deemed at risk of suicide, including making 24 hours a day, seven days a week community-based mental health crisis response services available across England, with intensive home treatment available as an alternative to an acute inpatient admission. We are increasing alternative forms of provision, such as sanctuaries, safe havens, and crisis cafés, for those in crisis where appropriate and ensuring acute hospitals have a mental health liaison service in accident and emergency departments and inpatient wards.

We have committed that every integrated care system in the country will receive funding from £57 million identified for suicide prevention and bereavement services by 2023/24. This investment will allow integrated care systems to deliver multi-agency plans for suicide prevention activities, initiatives to improve care for those who self-harm and bereavement support.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what NHS guidance exists for parents of children who are at risk of suicide.

No specific guidance has been issued. However, the National Health Service has published a number of online only resources for parents on mental health issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic including advice for parents, guardians and carers on how to support a child or young person if they are concerned about their mental health or that they may have an eating disorder.

The NHS has also established 24 hours a day, seven days a week urgent mental health helplines and parents can access other online resources and support through schools, colleges, charities and the voluntary sector.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients present as a suicide risk; and what steps they are taking in response.

The information requested is not collected centrally. There is no national standardised assessment of suicide risk against which to measure the number of people nationally who present as a suicide risk.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends against using risk assessment tools to predict future suicide or repetition of self-harm, although such tools may be considered to help structure risk assessments. National Health Service organisations use a range of tools to assist clinicians in assessing a patient’s individual risk. However, these should be used to support the assessment process and should not replace clinical judgement.

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy identifies groups known to be at higher risk of suicide than the general population, including those in the care of mental health services. We continue to work with the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group to monitor and understand suicide risk in different groups. We are investing an additional £57 million by 2023/24 to support local suicide prevention plans and the development of suicide bereavement services. The Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme also aims to reduce the number of suicides that occur across inpatient mental health and learning disability services.

NHS England and NHS Improvement is establishing 24 hours a day, seven days a week liaison mental health teams in every acute hospital to ensure that those presenting at hospital with mental health needs receive the appropriate care and treatment. By 2023/24, 70% of liaison services are expected to have met the ‘core 24’ service standard, working towards 100% coverage. NHS England and NHS Improvement will be supporting mental health trusts to refresh their Suicide Safety Plans to include both inpatient and community settings in 2021/22.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 14 May (HL3356), on what date in 2020 ministers ordered a reassessment of personal protective equipment requirements across the NHS and the care services sector; and when the results of that reassessment were communicated to ministers.

While the United Kingdom entered the current situation with a stockpile designed to respond to a pandemic influenza and a no-deal exit from the European Union, the supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE) was designed to accommodate delivering to 226 National Health Service trusts.

We published the ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan’ on 10 April, and since that week, we have massively scaled this up, providing essential PPE supplies to 58,000 different providers including care homes, general practitioner surgeries, hospices and community care organisations.

19th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Greenhalgh on 5 May 2020 (HL3080), how many (1) premises have been visited, (2) fixed penalty notices issued, and (3) prohibition orders issued, under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020

Everyone is required to comply with the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 issued by the Government, in order to protect both themselves and others.

The latest data published by the National Police Chiefs' Council shows that between 27 March and 11 May, a total of 13,445 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued in England. With businesses in particular, local authorities enforcement officers made 82,490 visits or interactions between 27 March and 16 May, issuing 655 prohibition notices and 48 fixed penalty notices to business premises.

On 13 May, the Government introduced higher fines for those who do not comply with the Regulations 2020, to reflect the increased risk to others of breaking the rules. Further information can be found (attached) online: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/500/made

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers are available to local authorities to take action if retail outlets (1) open outside of the Government's COVID-19 guidelines, or (2) persistently flout the rules on selling essential items.

The government's Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 enforces the closure of certain businesses and venues in England, including many retail premises. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Businesses and venues that breach the Regulations may be subject to prohibition notices, and a person, who is 18 or over, carrying on a business in contravention of the Regulations may be issued with a fixed penalty. Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these Regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. With the support of the police, prohibition notices can be used to require compliance with the Regulations including requiring that an activity ceases. It is also an offence, without reasonable excuse, to fail to comply with a prohibition notice. If prohibition notices are not complied with, or fixed penalty notice not paid, this can also be taken to court with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)