Lord Pickles

Conservative - Life peer

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
12th May 2010 - 8th May 2015
Minister for Faith
6th Aug 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Party Chair, Conservative Party
19th Jan 2009 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
3rd Jul 2007 - 19th Jan 2009
Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Deputy Chair, Conservative Party
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
1st Nov 2003 - 10th May 2005
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
3rd May 2002 - 1st Nov 2003
Shadow Minister (Transport)
1st Jun 2001 - 1st Jun 2002
Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
1st Jun 1998 - 1st Jun 2001
Environment, Transport & Regional Affairs
14th Jul 1997 - 30th Nov 1998
Vice-Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jul 1993 - 1st May 1997
Transport Committee
27th Nov 1995 - 21st Mar 1997


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Division Votes
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Speeches
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Shireen Abu Aqla
My Lords—
Written Answers
Thursday 18th March 2021
Iran: Education
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what criteria informed the decision to direct £16 million of UK aid to improving …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Thursday 9th May 2013
Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the abolition of the Audit Commission for local authorities and …
MP Financial Interests
None available
EDM signed
Thursday 2nd February 2017
CST ANTISEMITIC INCIDENT FIGURES
That this House notes the 2016 incidents report by the Community Security Trust (CST); further notes that the report details …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 18th January 2017
Promotion of Israeli-Palestinian Peace (United Kingdom Participation) Bill 2016-17
A Bill to require the Secretary of State to promote the establishment of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace to …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Pickles has voted in 278 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

23 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Pickles voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 33 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 367 Noes - 214
2 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Pickles voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 40 Conservative Aye votes vs 165 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 359 Noes - 188
7 Dec 2020 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Pickles voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 16 Conservative Aye votes vs 143 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 287 Noes - 161
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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 Greenhalgh (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(10 debate interactions)
Baroness Sugg (Conservative)
(8 debate interactions)
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Legislation Debates
Elections Act 2022
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Commons initiatives

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

Lord Pickles has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

6 Bills introduced by Lord Pickles

Introduced: 9th May 2013

A Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the abolition of the Audit Commission for local authorities and the National Health Service in England; to make provision about the accounts of local and certain other public authorities and the auditing of those accounts; to make provision about the appointment, functions and regulation of local auditors; to make provision about data matching; to make provision about examinations by the Comptroller and Auditor-General relating to English local and other public authorities; to make provision about the publication of information by smaller authorities; to make provision for directions to comply with codes of practice on local authority publicity; to make provision about council tax referendums; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 30th January 2014 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 18th October 2012

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 25 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law). To make provision in connection with facilitating or controlling the following, namely, the provision or use of infrastructure, the carrying-out of development, and the compulsory acquisition of land; to make provision about when rating lists are to be compiled; to make provision about the rights of employees of companies who agree to be employee owners; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 25th April 2013 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 10th January 2012

A Bill to make provision about non-domestic rating; to make provision about grants to local authorities; to make provision about council tax; to make provision about the supply of information for purposes relating to rates in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 31st October 2012 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 10th January 2012

A Bill to make provision about non-domestic rating; to make provision about grants to local authorities; to make provision about council tax; to make provision about the supply of information for purposes relating to rates in Northern Ireland; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 31st October 2012 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 13th December 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 15 November. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th November 2011 and was enacted into law.

Introduced: 26th May 2010

The Bill gives effect to the Coalition Government’s commitment to put a stop to existing proposals for restructuring of councils in Norfolk, Devon and Suffolk. It would prevent implementation of any of the existing proposals for a single-tier local government structure - which in practice relate to these three counties - under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 16th December 2010 and was enacted into law.


9 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
10th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the District Councils' Network on the safe opening of leisure facilities following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leisure facilities and gyms play a crucial role in supporting people to be active and the Government is committed to reopening sports and physical activity facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are holding regular discussions with representatives from the leisure sector, national sports organisations and local authorities to support the opening of facilities in a timely and safe manner once lockdown measures are eased. The Minister for Sport discussed some of these matters directly with the District Council Network at one of its weekly conference calls on Monday 8 June.

As with all aspects of the Government’s response to Covid-19, we will be guided by the science to ensure that as restrictions are eased people can return to activity safely.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the reported antisemitic and extremist content in Palestinian Authority school textbooks adhere to (1) the Palestinian Authority–Department for International Development Memorandum of Understanding, and (2) the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to take action against incitement to violence.

Our partnership with the Palestinian Authority (PA) is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding and our ‘partnership principles’. We continue to judge that the PA are demonstrating a credible commitment to this Memorandum and the ‘partnership principles’. Related to education, the Palestinian Authority’s Education Minister has announced that he is currently revising the textbooks in time for the next academic year. The Palestinian Authority have also agreed to engage constructively with the review of the textbooks that we secured through our European Partners.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether UK aid supports the Palestinian Authority’s production of school textbooks.

The UK does not fund textbooks in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Our education funding to the PA contributes to the salaries of carefully vetted education public servants, including teachers. Following allegations of incitement in the Palestinian Authority’s school textbooks, the UK secured agreement from our European partners to lead an independent review of the textbooks, which is underway. We expect interim findings by June 2020 and full findings later in the year.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether reported antisemitic content in the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum is in breach of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism.

The UK government is deeply concerned about the allegations of incitement in Palestinian Authority’s school textbooks. The International Development Secretary reiterated our concerns in a call to the Palestinian Authority’s Education Minister just last month.

In order to assess the concerns highlighted in this question, the UK took the lead in calling for an independent review of Palestinian textbooks, as a result of which an independent review of the alleged incitement to violence and hatred in the textbooks is underway with the support of our European partners. We expect interim findings in Spring 2020 and full findings later in the year.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
4th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what criteria informed the decision to direct £16 million of UK aid to improving educational links with Iran between 2013 and 2017, (2) what projects the grants were used on, (3) how the projects were monitored, and (4) what plans they have to publish the results of such monitoring.

Between 2013 and 2017, the total FCO bilateral spending on Iran was approximately £4.4 million. These funds were spent on developing long-term people-to-people educational and cultural links between our two countries, including supporting English teachers, artists and Chevening scholars. Chevening supports exceptional young people all over the world to reach their potential, and remains open for applicants in Iran. Given these projects were run by a combination of British Council, Chevening and the FCO, these programmes were monitored and evaluated in line with standard FCO and British Council processes. The British Council do not currently operate or fund programmes in Iran.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the recommendations of their review, which promised to make council tax collection fairer and more efficient, launched on 10 April 2019, will be published.

The Department has been working closely with a range of billing authorities, debt advice charities and civil enforcement agencies to better understand the approaches taken in local government in collecting council tax. On the basis of this work, the Department is now preparing guidance setting out the best practice that already exists in the collection and enforcement of council tax. This will be published as soon as possible.

15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the new guidance to local authorities on the collection of unpaid Council Tax to end aggressive enforcement tactics, announced on 10 April 2019, will be issued.

The Department has been working closely with a range of billing authorities, debt advice charities and civil enforcement agencies to better understand the approaches taken in local government in collecting council tax. On the basis of this work, the Department is now preparing guidance setting out the best practice that already exists in the collection and enforcement of council tax. This will be published as soon as possible.

15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which (1) organisations, (2) charities, (3) debt advice services, and (4) local authorities were consulted as part of their review on unpaid Council Tax arrears, announced on 10 April 2019.

The Department has been working closely with a range of billing authorities, debt advice charities and civil enforcement agencies to better understand the approaches taken in local government in collecting council tax. On the basis of this work, the Department is now preparing guidance setting out the best practice that already exists in the collection and enforcement of council tax. This will be published as soon as possible.

21st May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a pre-action protocol for councils which would encourage the negotiation of affordable rent payment plans with tenants before seeking bailiff enforcement action following the end of the current moratorium on new evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The existing Pre-Action Protocol for social landlords (attached) https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/protocol/pre-action-protocol-for-possession-claims-by-social-landlords encourages landlords and tenants to try to agree affordable sums for the tenant to pay towards rent arrears based on the tenant’s income and expenditure. Landlords are encouraged to do this as soon as possible and to postpone commencing court proceedings for as long as the tenant keeps to such agreement, or to adjourn proceedings if an agreement is reached after proceedings are begun. The failure of a landlord to comply with the protocol may be taken into account by the court in deciding what orders to make.

There are currently no plans to revise this protocol.