Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede Portrait

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede

Labour - Life peer

Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)

(since April 2020)

Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

(since May 2021)
2 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Issues Affecting Men and Boys
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


Department Event
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Home Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - report stage (day 1)
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Department Event
Monday 13th December 2021
Home Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - report stage (day 2)
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Department Event
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Home Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - report stage (day 3)
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Department Event
Wednesday 5th January 2022
Home Office
Legislation - Main Chamber
Nationality and Borders Bill – second reading –
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Division Votes
Monday 29th November 2021
Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL]
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 78 Labour Aye votes vs 4 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 147 Noes - 211
Speeches
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011 (Continuation) Order 2021

My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness for introducing this statutory instrument, which has vital implications for our national …

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 …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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Tweets
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has voted in 121 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
(45 debate interactions)
Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
(29 debate interactions)
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Conservative)
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(22 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(80 debate contributions)
Home Office
(34 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(11 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


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.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
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.

Lord Wolfson of Tredegar
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)