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Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

Labour - Life peer

Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

(since April 2020)

Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

(since May 2021)
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (Joint)
6th Mar 2019 - 14th Jun 2019
Constitution Committee
28th Jun 2001 - 7th Nov 2002
Hereditary Peer
26th Jun 1991 - 11th Nov 1999
Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
8th Dec 1998 - 11th Nov 1999

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Division Votes
Tuesday 28th June 2022
Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc.) Order 2022
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 101 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 193 Noes - 119
Thursday 30th June 2022
Banks: Forgery
My Lords, yesterday’s Times newspaper reported that money lost to scams had risen by more than £160 million in a …
Written Answers
Tuesday 13th July 2021
Youth Custody
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address problems in youth custody centres; and in particular …
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has voted in 228 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(33 debate interactions)
Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
(32 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(138 debate contributions)
Home Office
(76 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(38 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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2 Written Questions in the current parliament

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29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address problems in youth custody centres; and in particular Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

The safety and wellbeing of children in custody is paramount. While the number of children in custody is at historically low levels, those in custody are a cohort with complex needs. We are committed to improving the safety and life chances for children in our care, investing in staff, education, psychology services and mental health support.

This is underpinned by SECURE STAIRS – the integrated framework of care led by the National Health Service (NHS) and Youth Custody Service (YCS) – which provides the foundations on working with children. We are also continuing to roll out the youth justice specialist role, and have provided funding for every prison officer in the youth secure estate to take up a degree level qualification to provide them with the skills and confidence to work with children in custody. As of March, there were 201 youth justice specialist officers already in post, with a further 319 staff signed up or undertaking the learning.

Following the Urgent Notification at Rainsbrook STC last December, the YCS ordered MTC (the provider) to take immediate action to address the unacceptable failings. This included ensuring all children in the Reverse Cohorting Unit had suitable access to services and more time out of their room. Whilst this has been achieved, significant issues around staffing, safety and on-site operational grip remain. These concerns have been further highlighted by a recently concluded Ofsted inspection, resulting in Urgent Notification being invoked on 18 June. As a result, work has begun to remove all children from Rainsbrook, transferring them to alternative appropriate accommodation within the youth secure estate. Separate to this, we are considering the future of the centre, with a further announcement to be made on this position in due course.

12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) families, (2) children’s best interests, (3) the length of family court proceedings, and (4) family court capacity, of delays in access to the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes recommended by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and what steps are they taking to reduce delays in accessing such programmes.

Access to in person Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programmes (DAPPs) has been adversely affected during the pandemic due to the necessary face-to-face delivery model. We are aware that some providers are continuing to provide a full service, but that others have had to reduce their offer due to social distancing restrictions.

The Government is therefore working with the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) and the judiciary to process cases as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to minimise the impact that the on-going restrictions to this service may have on families using the family courts, and vulnerable children in particular.