Lord Howarth of Newport Portrait

Lord Howarth of Newport

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 15th June 2005


Constitution Committee
1st Jul 2019 - 31st Jan 2023
Political Polling and Digital Media Committee
29th Jun 2017 - 20th Mar 2018
Intergovernmental Organisations Committee
15th Nov 2007 - 7th Jul 2008
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
30th Jul 2001 - 11th Jul 2005
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts)
28th Jul 1998 - 7th Jun 2001
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment)
6th May 1997 - 28th Jul 1998
Social Security
27th Nov 1995 - 21st Mar 1997
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Education and Science)
24th Jul 1989 - 28th Nov 1992
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
27th Jul 1988 - 24th Jul 1989
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
18th Jun 1987 - 25th Jul 1988
Vice-Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jul 1980 - 1st Jul 1981


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Howarth of Newport has voted in 487 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

22 Feb 2022 - Procedure and Privileges Committee - View Vote Context
Lord Howarth of Newport voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 64 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 144 Noes - 133
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Howarth of Newport 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
5 Jul 2022 - Sitting Times - View Vote Context
Lord Howarth of Newport voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour Aye votes vs 44 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 158 Noes - 124
12 Sep 2023 - Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Howarth of Newport voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour Aye votes vs 12 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 30 Noes - 39
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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 Bethell (Conservative)
(10 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(6 debate interactions)
Lord Callanan (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
(5 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(31 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(7 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

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


Lord Howarth of Newport has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Howarth of Newport has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 3 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
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations will determine when they will lift the present restrictions on the number of people who are permitted to sing in an amateur choir.

Non-professional singing indoors should only take place in a single group of up to 6 people and activities should be organised to allow for social distancing to be maintained.

We are aware that singing can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission through the spread of aerosol droplets. Therefore, it is important that we take a cautious approach in easing restrictions. We will continue to keep guidance and restrictions under review, in line with the changing situation. The Prime Minister has announced that easing of restrictions at Step 4 has been delayed until 19 July. Further detail on Step 4 will be set out as soon as possible, subject to the four tests for easing restrictions.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
4th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 February (HL1480), whether an Act of Parliament established Norfolk Island as a Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia; and if not, (1) how it was established as such a territory, and (2) how Parliament was consulted.

In 1914 Norfolk Island became a Territory under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia by way of a (UK) Order in Council and the (Australian) Norfolk Island Act of 1913 (enacted by the Australian Parliament).

10th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Norfolk Island (1) was within the geographical boundaries of the Commonwealth of Australia or any State thereof when the power to make laws for Norfolk Island was given to the Commonwealth of Australia in 1914, or (2) has since become within those boundaries.

Norfolk Island has been a Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia since 1914 and its governance is a matter for that country.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)