Lord Lipsey Portrait

Lord Lipsey

Labour - Life peer

2 APPG memberships (as of 4 May 2022)
Greyhound, Racing and Bloodstock
6 Former APPG memberships
Betting and Gaming, Channel 4, Classical Music, Media, Psephology, Statistics
Political Polling and Digital Media Committee
29th Jun 2017 - 20th Mar 2018
Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee
25th May 2016 - 5th Apr 2017
Information Committee (Lords)
10th Jan 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Economic Affairs Committee
25th Nov 2009 - 14th May 2014
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Dec 2012 - 5th Mar 2013


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7th June 2022
14:15
Communications and Digital Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: BBC future funding
7 Jun 2022, 2:15 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Julia Lopez MP - Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Robert Specterman-Green - Director, Media & Creative Industries at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Division Votes
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 96 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 229
Speeches
Thursday 19th May 2022
The Politics of Polling (Liaison Committee Report)
My Lords, I start with the history of this matter. I proposed and was asked to chair the original Select …
Written Answers
Monday 21st March 2022
Social Services: Expenditure
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional cost to public expenditure of setting the …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 24th May 2016
International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) Bill [HL] 2016-17
A Bill to amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 in order to provide for a five …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Lipsey has voted in 193 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Lipsey voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 15 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 153 Noes - 309
9 Feb 2022 - Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Lipsey voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 8 Labour Aye votes vs 67 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 120 Noes - 230
7 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Lipsey voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 1 Labour No votes vs 91 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 198 Noes - 158
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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 True (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(4 debate interactions)
Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
(3 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(28 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(9 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(2 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Lipsey, 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 Lipsey has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Lipsey has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by Lord Lipsey


A Bill to amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 in order to provide for a five year reporting period instead of an annual reporting period.


Last Event - 2nd Reading : House Of Lords
Friday 18th November 2016
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A Bill to amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015 in order to provide for a five year reporting period instead of an annual reporting period


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Wednesday 10th June 2015

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


28 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
1 Other Department Questions
13th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the proposals set out in their consultation document Banning conversion therapy, published on 29 October, whether the ban will apply to attempts made to change a person from being transgender to not being transgender.

We want all LGBT people to be free to be themselves and remain committed to banning conversion therapy. The ban on conversion therapy will protect everyone and will apply to attempts to change a person to or from being transgender.

Under our proposals, people who are transgender or are exploring their transgender status, including under 18s, will remain able to access the support they need from qualified health professionals without change. Parents and teachers will, of course, continue to be able to have conversations with young people or others about whether they are transgender or not. It is important that people are able to have open and explorative conversations that allow them to come to the right decision for themselves.

We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that our legislative interventions operate effectively.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what requests for assessment of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics have been made under section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 in respect of statistics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Dear Lord Lipsey,

As Head of the Office for Statistics Regulation and Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what requests for assessment of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics have been made under section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 in respect of statistics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic (HL8482).

?To date, no requests for assessment have been made under section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 relating to COVID-19 statistics[1]. The Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) established a short series of rapid reviews to provide timely, independent reassurance and challenge on some key statistics that were developed in response to the pandemic. The outcomes of those 12 reviews are available on the OSR website[2].

Yours sincerely

Ed Humpherson

[1]A formal request for assessment made under section 12(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 is just one way for the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) to exercise its statutory powers. Re-assessments of existing National Statistics are carried out proactively by OSR under section 14(1) of the Act. In addition, for example, OSR carries out larger-scale reviews of systemic issues, shorter compliance checks and responds to correspondence about official statistics. OSR received three section 12(1) requests for assessment in 2019, and has received two requests to date in 2020, none of which related to COVID-19 statistics.

[2]https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/covid-19-changes-to-statistics/#osr-endorsements-of-new-statistical-outputs-during-covid-19-outbreak

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
8th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation they undertook before deciding to conduct constituency boundary reviews on an eight-year cycle; and what plans they have to publish a summary of those consultations.

Ahead of the Bill’s introduction, the Government engaged with parliamentary parties, and electoral administrator representatives, and there was general acceptance of an 8-year cycle.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) the role, and (2) the practice, of the Official Receiver with regard to charities.

The Official Receiver is a statutory office holder whose role is set out in legislation, primarily the Insolvency Act 1986. The operational practice of the Official Receiver, with regard to all matters in which an Official Receiver is appointed, is kept under review to reflect developments in legislation and case law.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used to determine the London boroughs in which primary schools would not open at the scheduled beginning of term in January.

On 29 December, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education announced that primary schools in 50 local authorities across London and the South East would remain closed to all but children of critical workers and vulnerable children for the first two weeks of term. 23 of London’s 33 boroughs were included in this initial decision. On 1 January, in light of the rapidly changing situation, we extended these restrictions to cover all 33 London Boroughs.

In considering which areas may be suitable for primary restrictions under our contingency framework, the department worked closely with Public Health England, the Joint Biosecurity Centre, NHS Test & Trace and the Department for Health and Social Care using the most recent data available. We used a balanced approach rather than simple threshold cut-offs and took all factors into account, but with particular focus on: very high rates of infection; particularly high increases in seven-day case rates; and intelligence about pressure on the NHS.

These were not easy decisions to make, but they were made according to the best clinical advice and the criteria set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan, which are:

- Case detection rates in all age groups;

- Case detection rates in all the over 60s;

- The rate at which cases are rising or falling;

- Positivity rate; and

- Pressure on the NHS.

The national lockdown announced on 4 January replaced the restrictions that had been active in some primary schools under the contingency framework. We will be continually reviewing the restrictions on schools, colleges and universities to ensure that children can return to school when the pressures are easing on the NHS.

These decisions do not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

2nd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving to mandatory number plates for cyclists.

The Government currently has no plans to introduce number plates for cyclists. The absence of a number plate does not prevent a cyclist from being liable for their actions. For those who do not adopt a responsible attitude, or if their use of the highway creates an unsafe environment, there are laws in place that can make them liable for prosecution. Enforcement of cycling offences is a matter for the police.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why those who receive a new driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are required to cut in half and return their previous driving licence to the DVLA; and what estimate they have made of the annual cost to their customers of this requirement.

It is a long-standing requirement to return the previous driving licence to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) when a new licence has been issued. This helps to reduce the number of previous driving licences in circulation and to ensure that drivers only have one licence at any time. This requirement is currently under consideration.

No specific estimate has been made of the annual cost to customers to return their previous driving licence.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to prevent two separate Winter Fuel Allowances being offered to a cohabiting couple who own two properties.

Entitlement to a Winter Fuel Payment is based on the circumstances of the household which the claimant has reported as their permanent address. Claimants of benefits, pensions and Winter Fuel Payments have an obligation to report relevant changes to the Department, including changes of address and (where material to entitlement) changes to their household make-up.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
8th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the additional cost to public expenditure of setting the proposed cap on care costs at £35,000, rather than the proposed level of £86,000.

Lowering the cap from £86,000 to £35,000, while all other parameters remain unchanged, would double the estimated additional state spend for reform on older adults in 2027/28, when modelled in 2021/22 prices.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of care recipients aged 65 or over are funded (1) wholly, or (2) partly, by local authorities.

This information is not collected in the format requested. NHS Digital collects data on recipients of long-term care aged 65 years old and over who are supported by local authorities. However, its data collection does not differentiate between those who are funded in whole and those who are funded in part by their local authority.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each year from 2014, how many people used deferred payment schemes that enable older people to avoid selling their houses to pay for care.

The data is not available in the format requested. From 2015 NHS Digital collected data the number of new Deferred Payment Agreements (DPAs) agreed during the year and the total number of outstanding DPAs at the end of the year on a voluntary basis. In 2016-17 the collection became part mandatory and later fully mandatory in 2017-18. However, this data does not include the total number of DPAs concluded, therefore does not confirm how many people used a DPA on an annual basis.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many older people will benefit from the new cap on personal care payments for each year from 2023–24 to 2029–30.

Approximately half of all older adults receive some state support for their personal care costs under the current system. This will rise to nearly two-thirds of adults following the implementation of the reforms announced on 7 September. An impact assessment setting out the costs and benefits of social care charging reform will be published in due course.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether care costs that are met at present by the nursing cost allowance will count towards the new £86,000 cost cap for personal care.

Nursing services provided or funded by the National Health Service are not subject to a financial assessment and contribution by the individual. NHS-funded nursing care will not count towards the £86,000 cap on social care costs due to be introduced in October 2023.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their revised means test proposed in the new social care policy will contribute to hotel costs, or only to care costs.

To ensure that the new system maintains fairness between people receiving domiciliary care and those receiving residential care, individuals will still be responsible for daily living costs, including accommodation costs. For those unable to cover the costs themselves, personal care costs and daily living costs will be means tested. Additionally, people who fall within the means test are guaranteed to retain a personal expenses allowance after daily living costs have been deducted.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to public funds of their proposed cap on social care costs to be in (1) 2023–24, (2) 2024–25, and (3) 2029–30.

We committed to ensuring local authorities have access to sustainable funding for core budgets at the forthcoming Spending Review. A full impact assessment will be published in due course, including an outline of the predicted costs to public funds of the cap on social care costs.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the extra money for social care announced on 7 September will go to pay for (1) the cap, and (2) the revised means test; and how much will go to improving care provision for those in need.

Allocations and profiles will be confirmed as part of the forthcoming Spending Review, which will set out the Government’s spending plans for health and social care for future years. We will work with care users, providers and other partners to develop a white paper for reform later this year.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many of those tested during the surge testing for COVID-19 in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April returned a positive result.

Of those tested, 128 returned a positive result.

17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of false positive results for COVID-19 among those tested during the surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

We have made no estimate.

17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of the South African variant of COVID-19 were identified as a result of surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

No samples were identified as containing the South African variant.

17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were tested for COVID-19 during the surge testing in Lambeth and Wandsworth in April.

During the surge testing in April, 77,481 people were tested.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic in England, when two households join to form an extended household, that extended household has to remain the same, or whether another individual or family can be substituted to form a new extended household.

A ‘support bubble’ is a close support network between a household of any size and a single adult household. Households with more than one adult can expand their close support network so that it includes an additional single adult household.

Support bubbles should be exclusive. This means people should not switch the household they are in a support bubble with or make connections with multiple households. This is to avoid creating chains of transmission.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 20 August (HL7375), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what is their assessment of how much the increase in daily reported COVID-19 cases can be attributed (1) to increased testing, and (2) to changes in natural prevalence.

The increase in the number of cases over the past few weeks, affecting particularly young age groups, is not accounted by an increase in testing and indicated a real increase in incidence.

2nd Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the scientific evidence used to inform the guidance requiring dentists to leave a gap of one hour between patients.

The Government’s initial infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance was developed by health protection and IPC experts in collaboration with clinicians. Expert reviews and advice from the Department’s New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group informed this guidance.

The original IPC guidance for dental teams, which was published in the NHS England and NHS Improvement standard operating procedure (SOP) was a summary of the COVID-19 IPC guidance.

The guidance for dental teams contained within the SOP has been replaced by an appendix to current main IPC guidance and provides updated post aerosol generating procedure downtime based on recommendations from the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme.

27th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of how much the increase in daily reported COVID-19 cases can be attributed (1) to increased testing, and (2) to changes in natural prevalence.

Public Health England and the Joint Biosecurity Centre established a Joint Situational Awareness Team that produces a daily situational awareness report to provide an overview of current COVID-19 epidemiology locally, regional and nationally using a range of epidemiological, clinical and other indicators (including testing data). These reports are disseminated to Directors of Public Health and discussed each morning with frontline health protection colleagues to ensure that local knowledge is factored into the interpretation of the data.

18th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the use of probiotics in treating COVID-19.

The use of probiotics and prebiotics to treat COVID-19 are not currently our priority in trials. The Government is investing across the board in both basic genetic research and clinical studies to find a sustainable treatment or vaccine against COVID-19. More information can be found in Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy which is attached.

The Government has been at the forefront of the international response to the virus, co-hosting the Coronavirus Global Response Summit on 4 May, pledging £388 million in aid funding for research into vaccines, tests and treatment including £250 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in reporting COVID-19 deaths by location, whether the person’s home address, the hospital where there are treated, or some other factor determines the location recorded.

Public Health England (PHE) reports data on all deaths in people who have had a positive COVID-19 test result confirmed by a public health or National Health Service laboratory. These data include COVID-19 related deaths from all settings, in hospital or elsewhere, and geographical details of residence are assigned using the home postcode of the person who died.

The Office for National Statistics is responsible for publishing mortality statistics for deaths registered in England and Wales. The data is taken from information recorded on the death certificate. The geographical location of a death is assigned according to the address recorded as the usual residence of the deceased. The location of death (hospital, care home, etc) is assigned according to the information provided on the death certificate about the place of death.

8th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Gambling Commission’s consumer affordability proposals on tax receipts from betting.

No assessment has been made on the impact on receipts of the Gambling Commission’s proposals, which are currently subject to consultation.

As is the case with all taxes, the revenue from gambling taxation is subject to constant evaluation.