Lord Bach Portrait

Lord Bach

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 27th July 1998

5 APPG memberships (as of 1 Nov 2023)
Access to Justice, British Council, Chess, Isle of Man (Manx), Legal Aid
Children and Families Act 2014 Committee
19th Jan 2022 - 21st Nov 2022
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
18th Sep 2015 - 12th May 2016
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
8th Oct 2013 - 18th Sep 2015
Shadow Attorney General
3rd Dec 2014 - 12th Sep 2015
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
8th Oct 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
5th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Lords in Waiting (HM Household)
7th Nov 2007 - 5th Jun 2009
Draft Legal Services Bill (Joint Committee)
23rd May 2006 - 25th Jul 2006
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Farming, Food and Sustainable Energy)
10th May 2005 - 5th May 2006
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)
12th Jun 2001 - 10th May 2005

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Division Votes
Monday 27th November 2023
Justification Decision (Scientific Age Imaging) Regulations 2023
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 95 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 165 Noes - 86
Monday 27th November 2023
Metropolitan Police Reform
My Lords, why do we have to wait for the Criminal Justice Bill before the statutory instruments can be produced …
Written Answers
Monday 31st July 2023
NHS: Drugs
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of homecare medicines delivery to the NHS …
Early Day Motions
None available
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Bach has voted in 359 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Bach voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 24 Labour No votes vs 51 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
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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
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
(16 debate interactions)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
(10 debate interactions)
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
(7 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(28 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(17 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023
(3,000 words contributed)
Illegal Migration Act 2023
(2,405 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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

Lord Bach has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Bach has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting

3 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
24th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of homecare medicines delivery to the NHS in each of the past five years.

No assessment has been made. The National Clinical Homecare Association collates data and estimates approximately 500,000 patients are in receipt of a homecare medicines service with an estimated annual value of £3.2 billion. However, these figures have not been validated by the National Health Service.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to NHS Community First Responders; and what steps they are taking to improve public awareness of the work done by First Responders.

National Health Service ambulance trusts are responsible for the deployment of volunteer Community First Responders and provide the appropriate training, equipment, oversight and support to volunteers. There are no specific centralised campaigns to raise awareness.

7th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, in the past year, what proportion of immigration legal aid providers have (1) opened no new legal aid cases, and (2) opened no more than 30 new legal aid cases.

Between April 2022 and March 2023, 7% (11) of immigration legal aid providers opened no new cases and 15% (23) opened no more than 30 new cases.

In total there are 152 legal aid providers who hold a contract to provide immigration and asylum legal aid service. The above data reflects active immigration work reported between April 2022 and March 2023, inclusive.

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) delivers services for immigration legal aid by Procurement Area and Access Point geographical area. These are procured and delivered at office level. A provider could therefore have opened over 30 new cases, spread across several office locations with varied levels of active immigration casework. There are no Procurement Areas in which no new immigration legal aid cases have been opened.

The LAA frequently reviews market capacity to make sure there is adequate provision of legal aid, in all categories of law, throughout England and Wales. The LAA moves quickly, where issues arise, to secure provision and to ensure demand for legal aid services is met across the country. Legal advice on a range of civil matters including housing, debt, discrimination, and education is available, wherever people are, through the Civil Legal Advice telephone service.

Lord Bellamy
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)