Lord Rooker Portrait

Lord Rooker

Labour - Life peer

3 APPG memberships (as of 25 Aug 2021)
Food and Health, Gasworks Redevelopment, War Heritage
4 Former APPG memberships
Charity Retail, Corruption, Folic Acid Fortification, Poverty
Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee
13th Jun 2019 - 21st Jan 2020
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 2nd Jul 2019
Select Committee on Charities
25th May 2016 - 26th Mar 2017
Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee)
17th Jul 2013 - 11th Dec 2013
Draft House of Lords Reform Bill (Joint Committee)
6th Jul 2011 - 26th Mar 2012
Barnett Formula Committee
10th Dec 2008 - 12th Nov 2009
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming, Food and Animal Welfare)
2nd Jul 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
1st Jun 2005 - 5th Oct 2008
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food)
9th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
9th May 2005 - 27th Jun 2007
Procedure and Privileges Committee
15th Jun 2005 - 8th Nov 2006
Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Regeneration and Regional Development)
13th Jun 2003 - 10th May 2005
Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing & Planning)
29th May 2002 - 13th Jun 2003
Minister (Home Office) (Asylum & Immigration)
11th Jun 2001 - 28th May 2002
Minister of State (Department of Social Security)
29th Jul 1999 - 7th Jun 2001
Minister of State (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)
6th May 1997 - 29th Jul 1999
Public Accounts Committee
13th Jan 1989 - 22nd Jan 1991


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Division Votes
Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 122 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 260 Noes - 229
Speeches
Wednesday 15th September 2021
Sovereign Defence Capability: Meggitt Takeover

When manufacturing and defence of the realm are concerned, I want a hard-line, patriotic Minister, not a weak, sell-out capitalist. …

Written Answers
Thursday 29th July 2021
Flour: Folic Acid
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Tuesday 30th June 2015
Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [HL] 2015-16
A bill to amend the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to require flour to be fortified with folic acid.
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Rooker has voted in 123 divisions, and 9 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 18 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 143 Noes - 311
9 Feb 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 15 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 127 Noes - 296
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 140 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 284
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 3 Labour No votes vs 133 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 259 Noes - 283
13 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 137 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 339 Noes - 235
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker 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
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 138 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 278 Noes - 283
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 11 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 119 Noes - 263
11 Jan 2021 - Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Rooker voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 2 Labour No votes vs 12 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 111 Noes - 255
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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 Bethell (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(56 debate interactions)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(46 debate contributions)
Home Office
(25 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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

Lord Rooker has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Rooker


A bill to amend the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to require flour to be fortified with folic acid.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Tuesday 30th June 2015

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


6 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
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010.

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

Dear Lord Rooker,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking what the average life expectancy in England (1) is currently, and (2) was in 2010 (HL6324).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the ‘National life tables; England’ dataset[1] on 25 September 2019. The latest available figures show that period life expectancy at birth for the years 2016 to 2018 was 83.18 years for females and 79.56 years for males. The corresponding figures for the years 2008 to 2010 are 82.33 for females and 78.31 for males.

Period life expectancy assumes mortality rates remain constant into the future. For further information, please see ‘Period and Cohort Life Expectancy Explained’[2].

The bulletin published with the national life tables contains further information about these tables[3].

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

[1]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/datasets/nationallifetablesenglandreferencetables

[2]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/methodologies/periodandcohortlifeexpectancyexplained

[3]https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/lifeexpectancies/bulletins/nationallifetablesunitedkingdom/2016to2018

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1701), what plans they have to consult scientists on folic fortification, following their consultations with the devolved administrations.

There are no current plans to further consult scientists on flour fortification. We are finalising agreement of a four-nation response to the United Kingdom-wide consultation on the proposed mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid which ran from 13 June to 9 September 2019. The next steps will be laid out in the Government’s response.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell on 13 July (HL Deb, col 1702), what are the stated "implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol" in respect of folic fortification, given that nutrition is a matter for EU member states.

Under the terms of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, European Union legislation will apply in the United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland. Regulation 1925/2006 on the Addition of Vitamins and Minerals to Foods is included the Northern Ireland Protocol. Consideration is therefore necessary in discussion with the devolved administrations to ensure the consultation response and any proposed fortification policy takes into account the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of research conducted by the University of Southampton into foodborne pathogens and the effect of chlorine washing of salad products and meat, in particular the study Viable but nonculturable Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica Thompson induced by chlorine stress remain infectious, published on 18 April 2018.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has advised that it is aware of this research. The FSA’s view is that whilst it is plausible that viable but nonculturable cells could potentially cause foodborne disease, to date there is no documented evidence that demonstrates this occurs in the food chain. There remains a high level of uncertainty over the likelihood of occurrence and conditions that would be needed for this to happen but the FSA will continue to review the literature and monitor the latest developments on the topic.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of local authority food hygiene inspections that have been carried out over the last (1) 12 months, (2) five years, and (3) 10 years.

Data for 2019/20, the most recent reporting period, is not yet available. Data for 2010/11 to 2018/19 in provided in the following table. Interventions include hygiene inspections and audits, verification and surveillance, sampling visits, advice and education and intelligence gathering.

The total number of interventions for the period 2015/16 to 2018/19 and for the period 2010/11 to 2018/19 are also shown.

Local authority food hygiene and other interventions - 2010/11 to 2018/19

Year

England

Northern Ireland

Wales

Scotland

United Kingdom total

2018/19

305,483

14,076

25,182

38,753

383,494

2017/18

306,419

16,037

27,892

41,715

392,063

2016/17

306,646

19,425

24,627

43,494

394,192

2015/16

318,461

16,325

25,203

44,562

404,551

2014/15

314,292

13,354*

28,802

46,027

402,475

2013/14

319,072

19,681

30,689

41,635

411,077

2012/13

324,394

18,204

28,822

43,879

415,299

2011/12

327,677

19,989

30,139

45,001

422,806

2010/11

331,915

21,150

31,187

47,600

431,852

2015/16 to 2018/19

1,237,009

65,863

102,904

168,524

1,574,300

2010/11 to 2018/19

2,854,359

144,887

252,543

392,666

3,657,809

Note:

* Based on 9 months data for Northern Ireland.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who (1) pay a bribe, or (2) use a personal connection, in order to access public services in the UK; and what assessment they have made of comparative numbers in the UK’s main trading partner countries.

The UK regularly assesses the threat from bribery and corruption, including through intelligence assessments and research.

The most recent published update on implementation of the UK Anti-Corruption Strategy includes comparative global indicators of national data on bribery and corruption threats. The UK also actively participates in reviews of its adherence to international standards, including: the UN Convention against Corruption; the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions; the Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption.These processes allow the UK to compare its performance and systems with that of other countries.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)