Lord Murphy of Torfaen Portrait

Lord Murphy of Torfaen

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 20th October 2015


Lord Murphy of Torfaen is not a member of any APPGs
3 Former APPG memberships
Archives and History, France, Ireland and the Irish in Britain
Common Frameworks Scrutiny Committee
17th Sep 2020 - 31st Dec 2023
Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (Joint Committee)
26th Nov 2015 - 11th Feb 2016
Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (Joint Committee)
25th Nov 2015 - 11th Feb 2016
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
30th Nov 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)
13th Jan 2010 - 6th May 2010
Secretary of State for Wales
25th Jan 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
30th Jul 2001 - 29th Jan 2008
Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament
11th Jul 2005 - 29th Jan 2008
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
24th Oct 2002 - 6th May 2005
Secretary of State for Wales
29th Jul 1999 - 24th Oct 2002
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
1st May 1997 - 29th Jul 1999
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
1st Nov 1995 - 1st May 1997
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
1st Jul 1995 - 1st Nov 1995
Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
1st Jul 1994 - 1st Jul 1995
Shadow Spokesperson (Wales)
1st Jul 1988 - 1st Jul 1994
Welsh Affairs Committee
17th Jun 1987 - 20th Mar 1989


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Murphy of Torfaen has voted in 397 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Murphy of Torfaen 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
12 Jul 2022 - Schools Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Murphy of Torfaen voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 29 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 82 Noes - 145
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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 Caine (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(35 debate interactions)
Baroness Suttie (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)
(16 debate interactions)
Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
(15 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Northern Ireland Office
(74 debate contributions)
Home Office
(11 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(7 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

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


Lord Murphy of Torfaen has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Murphy of Torfaen has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 19 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
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee will take place.

The Devolution Memorandum of Understanding established the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) - a committee structure which meets in different formats for intergovernmental relations, to enable ministers from the UK Government and Devolved Administrations to engage.

Future meetings will be confirmed in the usual way.



Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the next meeting of the British–Irish Council will take place.

The next Summit meeting of the British-Irish Council will take place this summer and be hosted by the Scottish Government.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about the current negotiations for a UK/EU trade deal.

The Joint Ministerial Committee on EU Negotiations, attended by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and ministers from the Devolved Administrations alongside other ministers, met in Cardiff on 28 January and discussed negotiations with the EU.

The UK Government also engaged both with the Welsh Government and the other Devolved Administrations on the UK’s approach to the negotiations ahead of its publication on 27th February and following the first round of negotiations with the EU.

The UK Government is committed to working closely with the devolved administrations throughout negotiations with the EU to ensure a future relationship that works in the interests of the whole of the UK.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what representations the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has received concerning cuts to opera funding in England and Wales.

It is important that people across the country have access to a diverse range of cultural opportunities. Arts and cultural bodies receive funding through a wide variety of sources, including through Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Arts Council of Wales, which as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body works within a strategic framework agreed with the Welsh Government.

In addition to the £4.6 million it received from the Arts Council of Wales each year, the Welsh National Opera will receive £4 million of public funding through Arts Council England’s 2023–26 Investment Programme, and was also successful in its application to Arts Council England's ‘Transform Programme’, through which it will receive an additional one-off payment of £3.25 million. This means the Welsh National Opera will receive over £15 million of public funding from Arts Council England between 2023 and 2026.

Cultural organisations across the UK such as the Welsh National Opera are also benefiting from the two-year extension to the higher rates of theatre, orchestra, museums and galleries exhibition tax reliefs announced at the last Budget. This extension will continue to offset ongoing pressures and boost investment in our cultural sectors. They will encourage investment in productions across the UK, support cultural organisations to tour, drive economic growth, and allow the sector to maintain its international competitiveness and reputation.

Arts Council England remains committed in its support for opera, and its 2023–26 Investment Programme has 13 organisations (an increase from the previous round) receiving a share of £30 million per annum (a figure which counts just 50% of the Royal Opera House grant, as that organisation is also home to the Royal Ballet). This represents around 40% of the Programme’s total investment in music (around £76 million p.a. when including 50% of the Royal Opera House’s funding).

Since decisions about which organisations to fund, and by how much, are made by Arts Council England at arm’s length from Government, and are a devolved matter in relation to Wales, the Department has no plans to meet any of the organisations or other Ministers named in relation to the Welsh National Opera.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with Arts Council England to discuss funding cuts for the Welsh National Opera.

It is important that people across the country have access to a diverse range of cultural opportunities. Arts and cultural bodies receive funding through a wide variety of sources, including through Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Arts Council of Wales, which as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body works within a strategic framework agreed with the Welsh Government.

In addition to the £4.6 million it received from the Arts Council of Wales each year, the Welsh National Opera will receive £4 million of public funding through Arts Council England’s 2023–26 Investment Programme, and was also successful in its application to Arts Council England's ‘Transform Programme’, through which it will receive an additional one-off payment of £3.25 million. This means the Welsh National Opera will receive over £15 million of public funding from Arts Council England between 2023 and 2026.

Cultural organisations across the UK such as the Welsh National Opera are also benefiting from the two-year extension to the higher rates of theatre, orchestra, museums and galleries exhibition tax reliefs announced at the last Budget. This extension will continue to offset ongoing pressures and boost investment in our cultural sectors. They will encourage investment in productions across the UK, support cultural organisations to tour, drive economic growth, and allow the sector to maintain its international competitiveness and reputation.

Arts Council England remains committed in its support for opera, and its 2023–26 Investment Programme has 13 organisations (an increase from the previous round) receiving a share of £30 million per annum (a figure which counts just 50% of the Royal Opera House grant, as that organisation is also home to the Royal Ballet). This represents around 40% of the Programme’s total investment in music (around £76 million p.a. when including 50% of the Royal Opera House’s funding).

Since decisions about which organisations to fund, and by how much, are made by Arts Council England at arm’s length from Government, and are a devolved matter in relation to Wales, the Department has no plans to meet any of the organisations or other Ministers named in relation to the Welsh National Opera.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with the Welsh Government to discuss the cuts to the Welsh National Opera by Arts Council England.

It is important that people across the country have access to a diverse range of cultural opportunities. Arts and cultural bodies receive funding through a wide variety of sources, including through Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Arts Council of Wales, which as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body works within a strategic framework agreed with the Welsh Government.

In addition to the £4.6 million it received from the Arts Council of Wales each year, the Welsh National Opera will receive £4 million of public funding through Arts Council England’s 2023–26 Investment Programme, and was also successful in its application to Arts Council England's ‘Transform Programme’, through which it will receive an additional one-off payment of £3.25 million. This means the Welsh National Opera will receive over £15 million of public funding from Arts Council England between 2023 and 2026.

Cultural organisations across the UK such as the Welsh National Opera are also benefiting from the two-year extension to the higher rates of theatre, orchestra, museums and galleries exhibition tax reliefs announced at the last Budget. This extension will continue to offset ongoing pressures and boost investment in our cultural sectors. They will encourage investment in productions across the UK, support cultural organisations to tour, drive economic growth, and allow the sector to maintain its international competitiveness and reputation.

Arts Council England remains committed in its support for opera, and its 2023–26 Investment Programme has 13 organisations (an increase from the previous round) receiving a share of £30 million per annum (a figure which counts just 50% of the Royal Opera House grant, as that organisation is also home to the Royal Ballet). This represents around 40% of the Programme’s total investment in music (around £76 million p.a. when including 50% of the Royal Opera House’s funding).

Since decisions about which organisations to fund, and by how much, are made by Arts Council England at arm’s length from Government, and are a devolved matter in relation to Wales, the Department has no plans to meet any of the organisations or other Ministers named in relation to the Welsh National Opera.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans the Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has to meet with the (1) Secretary of State for Wales, and (2) Welsh Government ministers, to discuss funding cuts to the Welsh National Opera.

It is important that people across the country have access to a diverse range of cultural opportunities. Arts and cultural bodies receive funding through a wide variety of sources, including through Arts Council England, an arm’s-length body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the Arts Council of Wales, which as a Welsh Government Sponsored Body works within a strategic framework agreed with the Welsh Government.

In addition to the £4.6 million it received from the Arts Council of Wales each year, the Welsh National Opera will receive £4 million of public funding through Arts Council England’s 2023–26 Investment Programme, and was also successful in its application to Arts Council England's ‘Transform Programme’, through which it will receive an additional one-off payment of £3.25 million. This means the Welsh National Opera will receive over £15 million of public funding from Arts Council England between 2023 and 2026.

Cultural organisations across the UK such as the Welsh National Opera are also benefiting from the two-year extension to the higher rates of theatre, orchestra, museums and galleries exhibition tax reliefs announced at the last Budget. This extension will continue to offset ongoing pressures and boost investment in our cultural sectors. They will encourage investment in productions across the UK, support cultural organisations to tour, drive economic growth, and allow the sector to maintain its international competitiveness and reputation.

Arts Council England remains committed in its support for opera, and its 2023–26 Investment Programme has 13 organisations (an increase from the previous round) receiving a share of £30 million per annum (a figure which counts just 50% of the Royal Opera House grant, as that organisation is also home to the Royal Ballet). This represents around 40% of the Programme’s total investment in music (around £76 million p.a. when including 50% of the Royal Opera House’s funding).

Since decisions about which organisations to fund, and by how much, are made by Arts Council England at arm’s length from Government, and are a devolved matter in relation to Wales, the Department has no plans to meet any of the organisations or other Ministers named in relation to the Welsh National Opera.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the work on the smart motorways arrangements around Slough and Reading will be completed.

Construction work to upgrade the M4 between Junctions 8/9 and 12 to an all lane running smart motorway is complete. On this section, all traffic management and temporary speed restrictions have now been removed and work is continuing to complete the commissioning of the technology. Construction work continues between Junctions 3 and 8/9. It is due to be completed this year.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last met political parties in Northern Ireland to discuss the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regularly meets Northern Ireland political representatives to discuss Northern Ireland-related matters, including the Northern Ireland Protocol.


Until the recent resignation of the First Minister, the Secretary of State also regularly attended meetings of the cross-Government Protocol Contact Group along with the Minister for Europe and the First and deputy First Minister and he looks forward to their resumption after the Northern Ireland Assembly Election on 5 May.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last visited Dublin for meetings with Irish ministers.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last visited Dublin for meetings with Irish Ministers on Wednesday 23 March where he attended the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference alongside Minister of State, Conor Burns.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last met the Irish Foreign Minister to discuss visa requirements for EU citizens entering Northern Ireland from Ireland.

The Government will continue its strong cooperation with the Irish Government on a range of immigration issues, reflecting its commitment to both the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and the Common Travel Area. These matters were most recently discussed at the British–Irish Intergovernmental Conference in Dublin on 23 March.

Lord Caine
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet with the Welsh Government to discuss the relief of traffic congestion on the M4 around Newport.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales regularly engages with the Welsh Government on a wide range of transport matters.

The Welsh Government’s continued opposition to the M4 Relief Road is holding the Welsh economy back, which is of great disappointment and only serves to project that Wales is closed for business. In rejecting the case for the M4 Relief Road, the Welsh Government are going against the findings of their own £150 million report, which recommended that the M4 Relief Road be built. The UK Government urges the Welsh Government to reconsider the impact of their roads policy on the long-term prosperity of Wales.

While decisions around the M4 in Wales remain a devolved matter, the UK Government is committed to playing its part in delivering better connectivity in reserved areas – including funding a study to develop options for new stations and services on the South Wales Main Line.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what representations the Wales Office has received concerning cuts to the Welsh National Opera by Arts Council England.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales received email correspondence from the Welsh National Opera in February 2023 requesting a meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss this matter.

Further information was sought and once it is received we will progress the matter further.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Wales will meet with the Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to discuss reductions to the budget of the Welsh National Opera resulting from decisions made by Arts Council England.

In November 2023, Arts Council England (ACE) announced the outcome of its 2023-2026 Investment Programme. This will support 985 organisations, including the Welsh National Opera’s (WNO) activities in England. The decisions made by ACE about the allocation of funding for this Investment Programme were taken at arm’s length from the Government. This is in accordance with the well-established process, which is published on ACE’s website and made clear in the guidance for applicants. As such, central government does not review individual decisions.

The WNO will still receive £4 million per year during the 2023-2026 Investment Programme. They are also receiving a one-off investment of £3.25 million as part of ACE’s Transform Programme.

Lord Davies of Gower
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Wales last met the First Minister of Wales to discuss cost of living issues.

The Secretary of State for Wales last met with the First Minister of Wales on 23rd March in a meeting led by the Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, during which the cost of living was raised.

The UK Government recognises the challenges people are facing and we have provided a range of support to tackle the rising cost of living. For example, we have provided a £200 energy bill discount for households across the whole of the UK, including Wales. We have also provided an additional £180 million in Barnett to the Welsh Government to recognise the Council Tax Energy rebate in England. This is part of a support package worth around £20 billion over this financial year and next.

In addition to this we have increased the National Living Wage to £9.50, which means an extra £1,000 per year in gross wages for a full-time worker. We expect this increase to the National Living Wage, along with rises to the National Minimum Wage, to give a pay rise to around 120,000 workers in Wales.

Furthermore, the Government have reduced the Universal Credit taper rate from 63% to 55% and are increasing Universal Credit work allowances by £500 per annum. These together will see some households keep on average around £1,000 per year and is essentially providing a tax cut for the lowest paid in society UK wide worth around £2.2 bn in 2022-23.

31st Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Secretary of State for Wales intends to meet Welsh Ministers to discuss the M4 relief road around Newport.

The Secretary of State for Wales would be happy to meet Welsh Government Ministers and the Noble Lord to discuss the development of the M4 relief road.

As it stands, the Welsh Government have a moratorium on new road building and have ruled out a M4 relief road. The UK Government continues to urge the Welsh Government to reconsider its position to enable congestion to be unblocked around the Newport area.

5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Wales has met the First Minister of Wales to discuss the provision of financial help for flood victims in Wales.

Flood response in Wales is a devolved matter. The First Minister and the Secretary of State for Wales met at the start of the flooding, on 24 February, and have been in regular contact since. The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales will work with the Welsh Government to ensure that all of those affected by flooding are supported in the best way possible, including consideration of any request from the Welsh Government for additional support and finances for assistance for flood relief.

Earl of Courtown
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)
5th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any extra funding has been allocated to the Welsh Government to deal with recent flooding in Wales.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and others are determined to ensure that all of those affected by flooding are supported in the best way possible. Flood response in Wales is a devolved matter. It was announced in March Budget that the UK Government will fund assistance for flood relief. For 2020-21, the Welsh Government will receive an additional £17m in Barnett consequentials from additional spending on flood prevention in England. If the Welsh Government matches our spending per head on flood prevention then this would see over £300m spent in Wales by 2026-27.

Earl of Courtown
Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords)