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 6 Oct 2021)
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

Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Division Votes
Thursday 21st October 2021
Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 82 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 180 Noes - 130
Thursday 21st October 2021
Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: Effect of Renegotiation on Other Trade Negotiations

My Lords, I have listened carefully to the Minister’s answers today and rarely have I heard answers so complacent about …

Written Answers
Monday 30th November 2020
Mental Health Services
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the budget in each Clinical Commissioning Groups’ area is allocated to mental …
Early Day Motions
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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 147 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)
(48 debate interactions)
Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat)
(29 debate interactions)
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(50 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(36 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(5 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Baroness Smith of Basildon, 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 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

8 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
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 ( 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

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 (

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 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)
11th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the budget in each Clinical Commissioning Groups’ area is allocated to mental health, excluding dementia services.

The information is not collected centrally. It is for clinical commissioning groups to allocate funding to meet the needs of the local population.

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:

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)