Lord Beith Portrait

Lord Beith

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

4 APPG memberships (as of 29 Dec 2021)
East Coast Main Line, Finland, Lithuania, Norway
1 Former APPG membership
Estonia
Constitution Committee
25th May 2016 - 28th Jan 2021
Liaison Committee (Commons)
4th Feb 2003 - 30th Mar 2015
Liaison Committee (Commons)
21st Jul 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Justice Committee
6th Nov 2007 - 30th Mar 2015
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
13th Jan 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate)
13th Jul 2009 - 6th May 2010
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
9th Oct 2006 - 6th May 2010
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
30th Jul 2001 - 24th Nov 2008
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
1st Jan 2001 - 24th May 2005
Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
1st Jun 2001 - 1st Jun 2002
Procedure Committee
14th Feb 2000 - 11th May 2001
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
1st Jan 1994 - 1st Jun 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
1st Jan 1995 - 1st Jan 1997
Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)
1st Jan 1987 - 1st Jun 1994
Privileges
14th May 1986 - 15th May 1987
Procedure Committee
1st Nov 1978 - 15th May 1987
Opposition Whip (Commons)
1st Jan 1976 - 1st Jan 1987
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jan 1985 - 1st Jan 1987
Liaison Committee (Commons)
9th Jun 1983 - 5th Dec 1985


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Division Votes
Monday 17th January 2022
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 54 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 144 Noes - 101
Speeches
Wednesday 12th January 2022
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
My Lords, in moving this amendment, I seek to bring music, drama and dance within provisions that the Government have …
Written Answers
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Badgers: Pest Control
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authorities about the control of badgers …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 18th May 2011
Road Safety Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available
EDM signed
Monday 23rd March 2015
VAT ON WOMEN'S SANITARY PRODUCTS
That this House is concerned about the level of Value Added Tax (VAT) levied on women's sanitary products, such as …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Beith has voted in 219 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

15 Jun 2020 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Lord Beith voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 4 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 72 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 112 Noes - 388
28 Apr 2021 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Lord Beith voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 74 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 93 Noes - 418
28 Apr 2021 - Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 - View Vote Context
Lord Beith voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 71 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 70 Noes - 409
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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 Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(18 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(10 debate interactions)
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(33 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(18 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(14 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(8 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Beith, 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.


Lord Beith has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Beith has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Beith


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision requiring the fitting of equipment to heavy goods vehicles to eliminate driver blind spots; to make other provisions relating to the safety of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 18th May 2011

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


4 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
6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to local authorities about the control of badgers in (1) cemeteries, and (2) burial grounds.

In England, licences - for the purpose of preventing serious damage to land, or any other form of property - to kill or take badgers, or to interfere with a badger sett are granted by Natural England (NE). NE is authorised, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to grant licences for this purpose.

In situations where badgers are causing damage to cemeteries or burial grounds, NE can provide case-specific advice to the local authority if requested, and this may include a site visit where this would be beneficial. If the damage is caused by foraging activities, then advice will normally relate to preventive measures that do not require a licence, such as the use of fencing and other proofing. Where the sett itself is causing damage to graves, then an application for a licence to exclude badgers from the sett may be appropriate.

Licences will only be granted where there are no satisfactory alternatives, the action to be licensed is proportionate to the scale of the problem and the licensed action will contribute to resolving the problem.

General guidance on the protection afforded to badgers and licensing activities impacting badgers is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/badgers-protection-surveys-and-licences.

Defra has no current plans to issue any further guidance to local authorities about the control of badgers in cemeteries or burial grounds.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 15 July (HL Deb, col 1945), what were the principal elements in the estimated £60 million a year in increased revenue from the operation of the proposed new East Coast Mainline timetable.

Under the proposed timetable London North Eastern Railway (LNER) passenger numbers are expected to increase as a result of shorter journey times between key destinations, supporting the Government’s decarbonisation plans. It will also enable the addition of 30 per cent more trains per hour and these additional services would provide a significant increase in capacity creating opportunities for increased revenue.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date and at what time the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1010) (1) were laid before Parliament, (2) came into force, and (3) were published on the legislation.gov.uk website; and if they were not so published by 8am on 18 September, why not.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1010) were laid 5:30pm on 17 September 2020, came into force on 18 September 2020 and published online shortly before 5:41pm on 17 September 2020.

These Regulations were subsequently amended by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Protected Areas) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1019), which came into force on 22 September 2020.

22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to consult church organisations covered by the Ecclesiastical Exemption (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (England) Order 2010 as part of the Planning for the Future consultation; and what plans they have to change the exemptions under that Order.

Following the Planning for the Future White Paper consultation last year on changes to the planning system, the Government continues to engage with a wide range of stakeholders as we develop our detailed proposals. This includes reforms to the planning framework for listed buildings to ensure their significance is conserved while allowing, where appropriate, sympathetic changes to support their continued use and address climate change.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)