Lord Faulkner of Worcester Portrait

Lord Faulkner of Worcester

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 14th July 1999


Procedure and Privileges Committee
28th Jan 2021 - 31st Jan 2024
European Affairs Committee
14th Apr 2021 - 31st Jan 2023
EU Goods Sub-Committee
23rd Apr 2020 - 31st Mar 2021
European Union Committee
1st Jul 2019 - 31st Mar 2021
EU External Affairs Sub-Committee
2nd Jul 2019 - 23rd Apr 2020
Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee
27th Jun 2017 - 28th Jan 2020
Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Joint)
25th Feb 2019 - 18th Jul 2019
SLSC Sub-Committee A
4th Sep 2018 - 30th Apr 2019
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 Committee
29th Jun 2017 - 13th Mar 2018
Committee of Selection (Lords)
9th May 2013 - 27th Apr 2017
Information Committee (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 31st Aug 2016
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 12th May 2016
Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee
11th Jun 2015 - 15th Mar 2016
Procedure and Privileges Committee
12th Jun 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
6th Jun 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee
16th May 2013 - 6th Nov 2013
Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011
25th Jun 2012 - 13th Feb 2013
Lords in Waiting (HM Household)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
19th Feb 2007 - 12th Nov 2009
Draft Gambling Bill (Joint Committee)
9th Sep 2003 - 22nd Jul 2004
House of Lords Offices Committee
26th Jun 2001 - 7th Nov 2002


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Faulkner of Worcester has voted in 363 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

30 Nov 2020 - High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Faulkner of Worcester voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 5 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 57 Noes - 234
23 Jun 2020 - Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Faulkner of Worcester voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Labour Aye votes vs 104 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 155 Noes - 326
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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 Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
(32 debate interactions)
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
(30 debate interactions)
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(50 debate contributions)
Home Office
(48 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Health and Care Act 2022
(1,923 words contributed)
Fisheries Act 2020
(1,553 words contributed)
Agriculture Act 2020
(1,437 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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


4 Bills introduced by Lord Faulkner of Worcester


A Bill to permit young persons to carry out voluntary work on a heritage railway or tramway

Lords Completed

Last Event - 3rd Reading
Friday 21st April 2023
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A bill to permit young persons to carry out voluntary work on a heritage railway or tramway

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 14th January 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to amend the Firearms Act 1968.

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Monday 13th May 2013

A bill to make provision about the registration and licensing of scrap metal dealers; and to amend the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Wednesday 19th October 2011

Lord Faulkner of Worcester has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 22 Written Questions

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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
2 Other Department Questions
20th Sep 2023
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker on how many occasions, and when, the Leave of Absence Sub-Committee has declined to recommend that leave of absence be granted.

Applications for Leave of Absence are submitted to the Clerk of the Parliaments, who accepts all applications that comply with the requirements set out in Standing Order 21. It has never been the practice to consult the Leave of Absence Sub-Committee on individual applications, and minutes of the Sub-Committee’s meetings show that it has never declined to recommend that leave of absence be granted.

3rd May 2023
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many Private Members’ Bills introduced in the House of Lords in each of the past five sessions completed all their stages in the Lords and were sent to the Commons.

The figures for Private Members’ Bills that started in the House of Lords and reached the House of Commons are set out below. Figures are provided from the 2016–17 session up to and including the present session to date.

Session

2016-17

2017-19

2019-19

2019-21

2021-22

2022-to date

PMBs introduced in the Lords

51

74

40

86

45

42

Lords-starting PMBs reaching the Commons

5

11 (1 Bill received Royal Assent - Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill)

0

0

10

7 (1 Bill received Royal Assent – the Ballot Secrecy Bill)

26th Apr 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Callanan, on 17 April (HL Deb, col 518), what are the “existing licensing arrangements” in relation to the domestic demand for coal in heritage railways.

The Coal Authority is the licensor for coal extraction in the UK. Businesses seeking to develop a coal operation require a coal exploration licence from the Coal Authority, as well as planning permission and other consents, before a mine can become operational.

Potential coal extraction projects seeking to supply industries such as heritage rail would need to satisfy the ‘tests’ to issuing a licence under the 1994 Coal Industry Act. These include financial viability, practical experience, and relevant permissions (such as planning).

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
8th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Thomas Cook historical archives will be (1) preserved, and (2) made accessible.

The archive of Thomas Cook’s historical papers has been transferred to the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland in order that it can be preserved and made available for inspection.

10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the tourism industry, including (1) the Tourism Alliance, (2) the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, (3) the London Blue Badge Guides, (4) the Institute of Tourist Guiding, (5) the Association of Professional Tourist Guides, and (6) the British Guild of Tourist Guides, to encourage the return of guided tours to the UK.

Her Majesty’s Government set out our Tourism Recovery Plan in June 2021. This set out our plans for a growing, dynamic, sustainable and world-leading tourism sector reaching its full potential and driving growth across all parts of the UK.

In developing that plan, we engaged with a range of representative groups, in particular through the Tourism Industry Council. We continue to engage with them as we deliver it, as well as with both VisitBritain and VisitEngland which are working with us to support the recovery of tourism across the country, including doing all that we can to ensure the return of guided tours.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that disabled people will be allowed to attend sporting competitions, including events that are part of the pilot programme enabling the safe return of mass gatherings, as COVID-19 regulations ease in England.

The Events Research Programme (ERP) is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions around the safe removal of social distancing at Step 4 of the Roadmap. The pilots will be run across a range of settings, venues, and activities so that findings will support the full reopening of similar settings across multiple sectors.

We fully recognise the importance of these inclusion concerns and are reflecting on issues of diversity, inclusion and equality in the Events Research Programme, ensuring the pilot events cover a range of age groups, ethnicities, geographic location and accessibility.

The pilot events are the first steps to helping all members of the public safely back to mass events and these have been developed under a SAGE framework in line with the latest PHE and DHSC guidance.

Our Science Board has reviewed the Events Research Programme’s approach to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals attending the pilot events.

They strongly urge caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable attending the events on public health grounds, however these groups are not excluded from involvement in the pilots.

All attendees are required to fill out a consent form as part of the sign up process for the research programme, given the increased risk of COVID 19 transmission on account of the relaxation of some risk mitigation factors (social distancing and numbers attending).

For each pilot event, a Public Sector Equality Duty impact assessment is being carried out before each event which considers the impact of this scientific study on groups with protected characteristics, including those with disabilities.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision by the World Snooker Championship to refuse entry to fans that are considered clinically vulnerable to the event at the Crucible Theatre in May, and (2) the consistency of the decision with (a) government guidelines, and (b) equality legislation.

The Events Research Programme (ERP) is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions around the safe removal of social distancing at Step 4 of the Roadmap. The pilots will be run across a range of settings, venues, and activities so that findings will support the full reopening of similar settings across multiple sectors.

We fully recognise the importance of these inclusion concerns and are reflecting on issues of diversity, inclusion and equality in the Events Research Programme, ensuring the pilot events cover a range of age groups, ethnicities, geographic location and accessibility.

The pilot events are the first steps to helping all members of the public safely back to mass events and these have been developed under a SAGE framework in line with the latest PHE and DHSC guidance.

Our Science Board has reviewed the Events Research Programme’s approach to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals attending the pilot events.

They strongly urge caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable attending the events on public health grounds, however these groups are not excluded from involvement in the pilots.

All attendees are required to fill out a consent form as part of the sign up process for the research programme, given the increased risk of COVID 19 transmission on account of the relaxation of some risk mitigation factors (social distancing and numbers attending).

For each pilot event, a Public Sector Equality Duty impact assessment is being carried out before each event which considers the impact of this scientific study on groups with protected characteristics, including those with disabilities.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they had with the World Snooker Championship, prior to its decision to exclude clinically vulnerable people from attending the event at the Crucible Theatre in May

The Events Research Programme (ERP) is running its first phase of 10-15 pilots in April and May to inform decisions around the safe removal of social distancing at Step 4 of the Roadmap. The pilots will be run across a range of settings, venues, and activities so that findings will support the full reopening of similar settings across multiple sectors.

We fully recognise the importance of these inclusion concerns and are reflecting on issues of diversity, inclusion and equality in the Events Research Programme, ensuring the pilot events cover a range of age groups, ethnicities, geographic location and accessibility.

The pilot events are the first steps to helping all members of the public safely back to mass events and these have been developed under a SAGE framework in line with the latest PHE and DHSC guidance.

Our Science Board has reviewed the Events Research Programme’s approach to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals attending the pilot events.

They strongly urge caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable attending the events on public health grounds, however these groups are not excluded from involvement in the pilots.

All attendees are required to fill out a consent form as part of the sign up process for the research programme, given the increased risk of COVID 19 transmission on account of the relaxation of some risk mitigation factors (social distancing and numbers attending).

For each pilot event, a Public Sector Equality Duty impact assessment is being carried out before each event which considers the impact of this scientific study on groups with protected characteristics, including those with disabilities.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they keep archive records of all train operating company franchise agreements since privatisation; and if so, what is the archive and disposal policy for privatised railway related documents.

The Department for Transport does keep archive records of all train operating company franchise agreements since 1994, and subsequent rail contracts.

The Department adheres to the legislative guidance for retention and archive of documentations as specified under the Public Records Act 1958 (as amended by the Public Records Act 1967) and section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 published in 2009.

Other legislation relating to public records which Public Authorities adhere to can be accessed at the National Archives website.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the percentage change in the number of coach parties arriving at Channel ports compared to the number of visitors arriving by air, in each year since 2015.

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of coach parties or coaches entering the UK from the European Union, either for 2022 or for previous years.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th May 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many coaches have entered the UK from the European Union so far in 2022; and how many had arrived by the same period in 2019.

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of coach parties or coaches entering the UK from the European Union, either for 2022 or for previous years.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of income tax payers they estimate to be university graduates.

The Government does not hold complete data on which taxpayers are graduates and which are not. Therefore, we cannot provide a reliable estimate in answer to these questions.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the top (1) one per cent, (2) 10 per cent, and (3) 50 per cent, of income tax payers they estimate to be university graduates.

The Government does not hold complete data on which taxpayers are graduates and which are not. Therefore, we cannot provide a reliable estimate in answer to these questions.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of higher rate tax payers they estimate to be university graduates.

The Government does not hold complete data on which taxpayers are graduates and which are not. Therefore, we cannot provide a reliable estimate in answer to these questions.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many incidents of metal theft were recorded on the Police National Database in (1) 2018, (2) 2019, and (3) 2020.

The Home Office’s preferred measure of metal theft is based on the Home Office Data Hub (HODH) which collects data relating to metal theft offences from police forces in England and Wales. This data is published annually by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) as part of their Property Crime tables. The latest published data can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/focusonpropertycrimeappendixtables

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
4th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent involvement as a spectator at sporting events is considered an appropriate part of the rehabilitation process for ex-offenders.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service do not have a specific policy in relation to spectating at sporting events for prison leavers and/or people on probation. However, we recognise that rehabilitation plans need to be tailored to individuals.

Rehabilitation of ex-offenders can take a number of forms. As well as work focusing on challenging offending behaviour, rehabilitation requires reintegration of the individual safely into the community. This involves enabling individuals to access relationships and networks that provide opportunities in work and education as well as promoting opportunities for people to get involved in community focused activities.

Participation in a sporting event is often a positive social activity and unless an individual were restricted due to the nature of their offence, we would consider this a supportive and potentially rehabilitative activity.

4th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance, if any, is provided by the Parole Board on the importance of prisoners with disabilities attending live sporting events as part of the rehabilitation and parole processes; and how many prisoners with disabilities participate in football as a player or spectator in (a) prison-based, and (b) external football programmes.

The Parole Board has not provided specific guidance on this issue. If a prisoner has engaged in sports-focused rehabilitation, this could form part of the evidence which is considered at parole hearings.

HMPPS and MoJ hold no data on the number of prisoners with disabilities participating in football as a player or spectator either in (a) prison-based, or (b) external football programmes.

4th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what records are kept by the Parole Board in respect of prisoners’ disabilities when they are attending open hearings.

At present, all Parole Board hearings are held in private (as set out in Parole Board Rule 15[3]) with no open hearings.

Parole Board members determine whether there are any additional requirements that are necessary to ensure that a prisoner is able to participate in their review, including any disabilities they may have. The Parole Board does not keep separate records of this.

4th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many disabled people are (1) in prison, and (2) on probation, in England and Wales broken down by type of disability.

Self-declared information on disability is held on national databases, however, it is of mixed quality and not suitable for publication. Obtaining reliable information would require matching against local records and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Prison and Probation Services in England and Wales must adhere to the Equality Act 2010, including the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons. Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) works to respond to the individual needs of all prisoners and those on probation. We have developed a national, consistent approach to all prisoners and people on probation with care and support needs.

The National Disability Strategy published by the Government in July 2021 sets out a number of commitments for the Ministry of Justice, including improving the knowledge of front-line staff on neurodiversity. Steps are taken to ensure that prisoners and those in the community are able to progress with their sentence plans and rehabilitate and that reasonable adjustments are provided.

The use of a Diversity Information Form (DIF) is mandated at court for those for whom the probation service is preparing a pre-sentence report. This includes the collation of data on disability status and type of disability, which is also used to inform the pre-sentence report. The form has recently been revised and reissued with guidance to incorporate a wider range of disabilities. However, this data is self-reported, and there can be some reluctance on the part of disabled people to share this information, for understandable reasons.

All prisoners’ needs are assessed when they enter custody and arrangements are made locally to ensure they are met. In the case of disabled people arrangements may include Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs), access to necessary services or equipment to aid their wellbeing, social interactions and rehabilitation.

4th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total prison population in England and Wales.

As at 4 February 2022, the total prison population in England and Wales was 79,623.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) publishes this information weekly through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-population-figures-2022.

24th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many scrap metal dealers have been (1) prosecuted, and (2) convicted, for paying cash for scrap metal since 2013.

The Ministry of Justice holds data on prosecutions and convictions for offences relating to scrap metal dealers up to December 2020. Information on scrap metal dealers failing to hold a licence cannot be split by site or mobile collectors as this is not specified in legislation; prosecutions and convictions for failing to hold a licence can be found in the attached table, along with prosecutions and convictions for paying for cash for scrap metal.