Baroness Merron

Labour - Life peer

Opposition Whip (Lords)

(since May 2021)

Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

(since May 2021)

Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

(since May 2021)
Baroness Merron is not a member of any APPGs
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
5th Oct 2008 - 9th Jun 2009
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development)
24th Jan 2008 - 5th Oct 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Regional Affairs) (East Midlands)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (East Midlands)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
28th Oct 2004 - 5th May 2006
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
1st Jan 2002 - 28th Oct 2004
Trade & Industry
9th Jul 1997 - 9th Nov 1998


Department Event
Tuesday 26th October 2021
15:45
Department of Health and Social Care
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
26 Oct 2021, 3:45 p.m.
Temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 - Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021
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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
Speeches
Thursday 21st October 2021
COVID-19: Type 2 Diabetes

My Lords, new NHS research reveals that people seeking help to lose weight are significantly heavier now compared with those …

Written Answers
Friday 22nd October 2021
Primary Health Care
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote self-care for minor ailments in order to reduce …
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 Merron has voted in 25 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 Bethell (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
Baroness Barran (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(16 debate interactions)
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(20 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(1 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(1 debate contributions)
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Baroness Merron has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


27 Written Questions in the current parliament

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5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the updated Cyber Strategy will be published.

The Integrated Review published in March set a goal of cementing the UK’s position as a leading responsible and democratic cyber power, and committed to launching a new comprehensive cyber strategy in 2021 to implement this vision. The strategy will set out how we will build up the UK’s cyber resilience; deter our adversaries; and influence tomorrow’s technologies so they are safe, secure and open. Work is well underway to develop the new strategy, and the government plans to continue engaging with partners before publishing it later this year and aligning with funding decisions in the next Spending Review.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the final communications sectoral definition under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 will be published.

The Government will publish the draft notifiable acquisition regulations as part of the ​implementation of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 in due course. This will include descriptions of the proposed ​acquisitions in the communications sector which must be notified to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days of visa free and work permit touring is allowed per visit for a musician based in the UK and with UK citizenship, for each of the 19 EU Member States described as allowing visa and work permit free touring.

This government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of our people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily, as we understand it is a vital part at every stage of a musician’s and performer’s career.

Member States of the European Union are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. That is why we have spoken to every Member State about the importance of touring. Following these talks 19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. In the majority of cases this is for at least 30 days. Other Member States, including France and Germany, allow visas or work permits for some short term touring for up to three months. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfill with the EU Member State to which they are travelling.

We want our world-leading creative and cultural artists to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world. That is why we are looking carefully at proposals for a new Creative Export Office that could provide further practical help to support individuals and businesses in touring.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ability of (a) under-25s, (b) musicians from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds, and (c) working-class musicians, to tour in the EU under the terms of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and (2) the frequency of such musicians doing so.

This government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of our people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily, as we understand it is a vital part at every stage of a musician’s and performer’s career.

Member States of the European Union are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. That is why we have spoken to every Member State about the importance of touring. Following these talks 19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. In the majority of cases this is for at least 30 days. Other Member States, including France and Germany, allow visas or work permits for some short term touring for up to three months. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfill with the EU Member State to which they are travelling.

We want our world-leading creative and cultural artists to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world. That is why we are looking carefully at proposals for a new Creative Export Office that could provide further practical help to support individuals and businesses in touring.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the chair of their Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council has any current financial interests or holdings with Fujitsu.

The chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council has declared any relevant financial interests in line with the usual appointment process. There are no current financial interests to declare.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members there are of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council; and what their names are.

The membership is not fully decided yet, but many of the members of the Diversification Taskforce have agreed to continue providing expertise as part of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council. The Government will publish the full membership ahead of the first meeting in the autumn.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the salary of the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

The work of the Advisory Council is non-remunerative. The Chair and all members have volunteered their time and effort.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government who made the final decision on the appointment of Simon Blagden as chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Blagden was formally appointed by Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure. This was agreed through the usual public appointments procedure.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the appointment (1) criteria, and (2) process, for the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Blagden, Chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Advisory Council, was selected on the basis of having the skills and experience required for the role, with over 30 years experience in the telecoms and digital industries.

He was appointed following the standard Government process for direct appointments, suitable for short term roles where an independent advisory function is filled. Appropriate due diligence and conflict of interest checks have been carried out.

The Terms and Conditions which the Chair and members of the Advisory Council are expected to adhere to will be published on GOV.UK following the first meeting of the Advisory Council. The Council is advisory and there will be a wide ranging membership incorporating views from industry and academia.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many companies in the UK telecommunications sector are estimated to be majority owned by Russian or Chinese entities.

The telecommunications sector includes tens of thousands of companies, including telecommunications providers, equipment providers and service providers in the supply chain. The Government does not monitor the nationality of the owners of each of these on a routine basis.

The UK economy thrives, in part, as a result of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the Government therefore strives to be the premier destination for investment in the world. However, an open approach to international investment must include appropriate safeguards to protect our national security and the safety of our citizens. The new National Security & Investment Act introduces a new regime for reviewing and intervening in business transactions, such as takeovers, that might raise national security concerns.

The Government has also recently introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill to establish an enhanced legislative framework for telecoms security, which includes new national security powers for the Secretary of State to manage the risks posed by high risk vendors.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce Report on 20 April, whether the taskforce now been disbanded; and if not, what role and responsibilities the Taskforce now has.

The Telecoms Diversification Taskforce has completed its work and submitted its independent recommendations to the Government in April. The Taskforce will now transition to become the permanent Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council with Simon Blagden CBE as the new chair; as announced in the Government’s response to the recommendations published on 2 July. Many of the Taskforce members will continue to provide advice as part of the Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council will play a key role in overseeing and offering scrutiny to the delivery of the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. We will also draw on the expertise of the Advisory Council for wider telecoms supply chain diversification issues beyond the RAN (Radio Access Network).

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of removing Huawei from the telecommunications network by 2027.

As the Secretary of State set out in his statement to the House of Commons on 14 July 2020, we estimate that implementation of the advice to remove Huawei 5G equipment from the UK’s telecom network will cost up to two billion pounds.

The estimated cost breakdown is set out in the impact assessment published for the Telecommunications (Security) Bill.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding will be provided to Ofcom to support the costs of monitoring and compliance with the new powers for that body in the Telecommunications Security Bill.

Ofcom's budget for telecoms security this financial year has been increased by £4.6 million, to reflect its enhanced security role under the Telecommunications (Security) Bill. This is in addition to its current security budget of £2 million.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on tourism for (1) Liverpool, and (2) the wider North West region, of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of that city’s waterfront.

We know from the excellent report prepared by the UK National Commission for UNESCO that UNESCO designations such as World Heritage status are worth over £150 million a year to communities across the UK and in its Overseas Territories, as well as contributing to sustainable development and other policy goals. We do not have a precise figure which can be attributed to the world heritage site of Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, but we know that many international tourists are keen to visit the UK’s 32 world heritage sites, with concomitant economic benefits across the tourism and hospitality sector.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote self-care for minor ailments in order to reduce pressure on GPs and A&E departments.

No assessment has been made of a separate strategy for the integration of self-care for minor ailments, as supported self-management and self-care for short term and ongoing physical and mental health conditions is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Community pharmacies in England delivering NHS services provide support for self-care as part of their essential services. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Advanced Service enables NHS111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation to reduce pressure on primary care and accident and emergency departments.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the benefits of a national strategy which fully integrates self-care for minor ailments into the NHS.

No assessment has been made of a separate strategy for the integration of self-care for minor ailments, as supported self-management and self-care for short term and ongoing physical and mental health conditions is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Community pharmacies in England delivering NHS services provide support for self-care as part of their essential services. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Advanced Service enables NHS111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation to reduce pressure on primary care and accident and emergency departments.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists are currently in post in each of the NHS England regions.

The Department does not hold the data requested.

20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when all the musculoskeletal regional leads for NHS England will be (1) appointed, and (2) in post.

As part of the national Best MSK health programme every region in the country has been advised to recruit a musculoskeletal lead. The recruitment process is currently on-going. While there is no fixed timeline for completion, progress against this recruitment will be reviewed in September and subsequently on a quarterly basis.

20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure adequate succession planning within the NHS for (1) osteoporosis, and (2) bone health specialists.

Individual National Health Service trusts are responsible for ensuring staffing arrangements are in place which deliver safe and effective care, including succession planning.

Osteoporosis and other bone health conditions are treated by a range of healthcare professionals, such as general practitioners (GPs), endocrinologists, rheumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons. Since 2010, the number of endocrinologists has increased by over 58%, rheumatologists by over 29% and trauma and orthopaedic surgeons by over 24%. We also have over 900 more full-time equivalent GPs March 2021, compared to March 2020. We continue to monitor the NHS’s workforce requirements and ensure that the NHS has the staff that it needs, including for the treatment of osteoporosis and bone health.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that National Health Service Improvement Musculoskeletal Pathway is included and prioritised within individual Integrated Care Systems.

We expect musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and fall services to be fully incorporated into integrated care systems (ICSs) and for the musculoskeletal pathway to play a key role in shaping planning and decision-making.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have convened the National Pathways Improvement Programme to reduce variation in access and outcomes and improve performance. Within this programme the Best MSK health collaborative is supporting those in musculoskeletal leadership roles, including within ICSs, and a specific work stream is focused on osteoporosis, falls and fragility fractures in collaboration with professional and patient-facing stakeholders, as well as those with lived experience.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and falls are being incorporated into Integrated Care Systems.

We expect musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and fall services to be fully incorporated into integrated care systems (ICSs) and for the musculoskeletal pathway to play a key role in shaping planning and decision-making.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have convened the National Pathways Improvement Programme to reduce variation in access and outcomes and improve performance. Within this programme the Best MSK health collaborative is supporting those in musculoskeletal leadership roles, including within ICSs, and a specific work stream is focused on osteoporosis, falls and fragility fractures in collaboration with professional and patient-facing stakeholders, as well as those with lived experience.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the Getting it Right First Time programme will have in delivering improved levels of onward referral for patients with newly diagnosed vertebral fractures.

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme reviewed all spinal surgery providers in England in 2019 and highlighted several areas for improvement. We are assessing the impact of these findings and the GIRFT team is due to report on progress later this year when new ‘time to surgery’ data for these conditions has been collected. NHS England and NHS Improvement also plan to increase the number of rehabilitation beds available nationally, which is expected to have a significant impact in improving levels of referrals.

21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote NHS England's and NHS Improvement's Good Communication with Patients Waiting for Care, published on 25 May, to local integrated care systems and NHS trusts.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working to promote the guidance via corporate channels, including a range of system-facing bulletins and networks. The guidance and communication principles have also been built into other relevant publications including the Clinical Prioritisation of Diagnostic Waiting Lists Framework.

9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections HMRC has made of the number of ATA Carnet applications it will need to process in (1) 2021/22, and (2) 2022/23.

When moving goods temporarily into or out of the UK, an ATA Carnet provides an option which can help simplify customs formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are part of ATA Carnet system. The use of a carnet is optional and is a commercial decision depending on an individual or business’s specific circumstances. In the UK, ATA Carnets are administered by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

International travel has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of goods movements using ATA Carnets has dropped. At the moment it is difficult to project numbers with any certainty. Numbers are likely to increase owing to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions throughout the world. HMRC, in conjunction with the LCCI and Border Force, monitor ATA Carnet usage on a regular basis.

An alternative option to an ATA Carnet is the use of the Temporary Admission procedure in conjunction with Returned Goods Relief. Temporary Admission is a customs special procedure that may be used to temporarily import goods into the UK without payment of duties subject to relevant conditions being met.

Businesses and individuals returning goods to the UK, having temporarily imported them to another customs territory, can claim relief from import VAT and any customs duty under Returned Goods Relief providing specific conditions are met. Returned Goods Relief applies to goods exported from the UK and re-imported in an unaltered state.

The EU operates similar procedures therefore, for goods moving temporarily to the EU, the EU’s Temporary Admission procedure may be applicable, and the EU’s Returned Goods Relief may apply where goods are returned to the EU having been temporarily imported into the UK. The management of EU import and export procedures is the responsibility of the customs authorities of the EU Member States.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported threat to Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Site status, what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) amend, relevant national planning guidance.

The Government is committed to the protection of our historic environment, including our World Heritage Sites. As set out in the recent Planning White Paper, Planning for the Future , we consider that the existing heritage planning framework has worked well and we want to build on it as we develop the new planning system. In bringing forward our reforms we will work with those who have experience and expert knowledge of the planning system to ensure that our heritage is fully considered and continues to be protected going forward.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)