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Lord Rosser

Labour - Life peer

Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)

(since October 2011)

Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

(since October 2010)
Lord Rosser is not a member of any APPGs
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
17th Oct 2011 - 18th Sep 2015
Opposition Whip (Lords)
8th Oct 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee
28th Nov 2008 - 22nd Jul 2010
Procedure and Privileges Committee
15th Jun 2005 - 12th Nov 2009


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Division Votes
Tuesday 26th April 2022
Nationality and Borders Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 105 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 244 Noes - 219
Speeches
Thursday 7th April 2022
Mr Mike Veale
I must say that the answers to the questions being asked seem like a “no comment” interview on the part …
Written Answers
Thursday 27th May 2021
Railways: Fares
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of fare revenue arising from the recent …
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 Rosser has voted in 262 divisions, and 1 time against the majority of their Party.

22 Feb 2022 - Procedure and Privileges Committee - View Vote Context
Lord Rosser voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 64 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 144 Noes - 133
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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
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(208 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(135 debate interactions)
Lord Paddick (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Home Affairs)
(53 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(273 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(145 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(61 debate contributions)
Scotland Office
(9 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Lord Rosser has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Lord Rosser has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


25 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
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the announcement of the lockdown on 23 March, between which dates was the letter and enclosed leaflet from the Prime Minister updating recipients on the steps being taken to combat COVID-19 despatched; and what were the maximum number of days allowed, under any contractual arrangements, between date of despatch and date of delivery.

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government has developed a national campaign to provide information, guidance and reassurance to the public.

As part of this, a letter from the Prime Minister was sent to every UK household to urge them to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. It also outlined the guidance everyone should follow and the measures the government has put in place to fight coronavirus and to support businesses and workers.

The letter was despatched into Royal Mail’s postal system between 31 March and 6 April. Royal Mail confirmed delivery of all letters by the end of 15 April.

Details of commercially sensitive information such as specific contractual agreements are not normally disclosed.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have broadcast advertisements to warn the public, in particular those who are vulnerable, of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic; if not, why not; and what plans they have to provide advice about how to avoid becoming a victim of such scams.

The government has not broadcast advertisements to specifically raise awareness of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are a number of initiatives and public information campaigns aimed at tackling scams and disinformation connected with the pandemic.

The Rapid Response Unit, operating from within the Cabinet Office and No10, is tackling a range of harmful narratives online - from purported ‘experts’ issuing dangerous misinformation to criminal fraudsters running phishing scams. Up to 70 incidents a week, often false narratives containing multiple misleading claims, are being identified and resolved. The successful ‘Don’t Feed the Beast’ public information campaign has also relaunched, to empower people to question what they read online.

HMG believes the best way to ensure the public’s safety is to make sure that they know how to protect themselves – which is why we have been communicating both through our own channels, and using partner organisations like Trading Standards, the Financial Conduct Authority and working with all the major banks, so that the public know how to spot a scam and protect themselves from them. We have recently launched a GOV.UK page on coronavirus related fraud and cybercrime including easy-to-follow steps for people to better protect themselves as well as signposting all relevant advice and tips. This page can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-fraud-and-cyber-crime.

In order to avoid falling victim to misinformation, we encourage the public to continue to check GOV.UK, where up to date guidance can be found, as well as watch the daily briefings on the government's response to COVID-19, which are broadcast live.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
25th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 11 April 2019 (HL Deb, col 585), what "clear, tangible actions" have been delivered to address racist abuse in football, in relation to each of the six areas they identified as needing to be examined further.

Racism or any form of discrimination has no place in football or society, and we must confront this vile behaviour.

In July last year, the football authorities wrote to the government setting out their actions to further tackle discrimination:

  • A review of how professional clubs sanction and educate offenders to provide more clarity and consistency.

  • A review of FA sanctions for discrimination in the professional and grassroots game.

  • Improved steward training, including new modules on recognising and responding to discriminatory behaviour.

  • Improved reporting methods to enable fans to quickly and simply make clubs and the authorities aware of concerns or incidents of discrimination.

  • Enhance and grow programmes to provide more opportunities for BAME people in coaching, refereeing, management and administrative positions in the sport.

  • Further developing schools and community programmes, particularly in promoting inclusion through projects delivered by Premier League and EFL clubs.

There is still more to do: the previous Minister for Sport recently met with the FA and EFL to discuss their progress, and the current Minister for Sport will be calling in all the footballing authorities for a further update about their work on this important issue.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the loss of fare revenue arising from the recent withdrawal from service of some Hitachi trains; and who will bear the cost of that loss of revenue.

Disruption has been most significant on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network on Intercity services, as well as some London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and a small number of TransPennine Express services.

We anticipate less than £1m each day may need to be refunded for GWR services.  On LNER services, and despite a smaller disruptive impact to the operation of services, the operator has reported to the Department that it processed on average £60,000 per day of Delay Repay claims last week.

The agreements in place to use the affected trains contain provisions that protect the taxpayer and we are currently assessing all available options to ensure taxpayers are protected.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the report of the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Act 2021; and why they did not publish that report before 1 May 2021.

The Government published the report on 13 May, as soon as possible after the Queen’s speech. There were a range of factors that unfortunately delayed publication of the report. This included receiving 499 responses which was much more than expected so the report took longer to produce, commencement of the pre-local election period, and prorogation of Parliament.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the report of the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Act 2021.

The report of the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Act 2021 will be published before the 1 May 2021.

The consultation ran from 1 February 2021 to 26 February 2021. The analysis of consultation responses is currently taking place.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many submissions were made to the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands–Crewe) Act 2021; and, of these submissions, how many mentioned (1) Woore, and (2) Aldersey's Rough.

There have been 499 responses to the consultation required under section 60 of the High Speed Rail (West Midlands-Crewe) Act 2021.

The coding and analysis of consultation responses is ongoing by an independent organisation, Ipsos MORI, so we are unable to provide exact figures for the number of responses which mention specific areas or themes at this time. The initial findings are that around 80 responses have mentioned Woore and around 30 responses have mentioned Aldersey’s Rough.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
7th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average period of time in days between the booking of each practical driving test and the date of the test in each (1) month in 2020 for which figures are available, and (2) month of 2019.

Average time in days between practical car test booking and the test date
January 2020 63.9
February 2020 122.7
March 2020 179.4
April 2020 40
May 2020 34
June 2020 31.9
July 2020 *
August 2020 *
September 2020 *
October 2020 *
November 2020 *
December 2020 *
*TO NOTE: We cannot provide figures beyond 30 June 2020 as they have not yet been published officially and to release them externally would breach the Statistics and Registrations Service Act 2007.


Average time in days between practical car test booking and the test date
January 2019 40.1
February 2019 40.9
March 2019 44.7
April 2019 49.4
May 2019 48.9
June 2019 50.3
July 2019 54.5
August 2019 55.2
September 2019 51.2
October 2019 49.2
November 2019 53.2
December 2019 55.9

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
20th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 5 May (HL Deb, cols 369–72), what steps they are taking to ensure that British Airways and other airlines process and deliver refunds that have been promised to customers as soon as reasonably possible.

The Department for Transport is in regular conversation with UK airlines and wider membership bodies. We are working closely with the sector, the regulator and consumer groups to help ensure airlines deliver on their commitments.

Airlines are working hard to answer the high call volumes and to process large volumes of refunds. However, the Government appreciates the frustration consumers may be experiencing. We have been clear that where a consumer has asked for a refund, that refund must be paid.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish the Williams Rail Review.

The Williams Rail Review was in the final stages of drafting at the outbreak of COVID-19. The Government views the purpose of the reforms as important as ever, but further work needs to be done now to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. We are progressing with this work.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69) which stated that "Wherever you live, you deserve a railway that widens your children’s horizon, gives you access to highly skilled, highly paid jobs, and provides a viable green alternative to getting in your car", how many people in England they estimate do not currently have access to such an alternative.

This Government’s vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, is more environmentally sustainable and improves quality of life within our communities. Passenger numbers on the railways have doubled since privatisation, and this growth has brought significant benefits to Britain’s economy and environment by relieving congestion on the roads, reducing carbon emissions and improving connectivity for businesses, commuters and leisure travellers.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, when was the cross-industry North West Recovery Task Force established; who are the members of that task force; and when they expect it to "deliver recommendations on how best to boost capacity and performance in the short, medium and longer term".

The task force is considering a number of options that can be implemented to improve the performance and capacity of all rail services through Greater Manchester. It was established in January 2020 with members from Network Rail, DfT, stakeholders and train operators. It is considering and assessing a range of potential timetable and infrastructure changes across the short, medium and long term and I expect the first recommendations to be made later this year.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, whether the North West Recovery Task Force will "deliver recommendations on how best to boost capacity and performance in the short, medium and longer term" throughout the Northern Rail franchise area.

The task force, co-ordinated by Network Rail, is considering a number of options that can be implemented to improve the performance and capacity of all rail services through Greater Manchester. It is considering and assessing a range of potential timetable and infrastructure changes to be made across the short, medium and long term. The task force has been commissioned to create and develop improvement options in the North West, which includes the Northern Rail franchise area, and make recommendations to the government.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January, whether the plan by Robin Gisby and Richard George to make sure the Government leaves "no stone unturned in improving this franchise for passengers" will be published and made public.

Northern Trains Ltd (NTL) will develop a plan over the first 100 days of its operation. This will set out the initiatives and measures that NTL believes are needed to deliver the services that passengers deserve and will be presented to the Government. Once agreed, NTL will publish details of any initiatives and measures to be taken forward and, where appropriate, these will form part of a new Services Agreement between the Secretary of State and NTL. In the meantime, from 1 March NTL will continue to deliver the new trains and associated service improvements that are already underway.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69), what, if any, payments or compensation from public funds will be made to Northern Rail arising from, or following, it being taken into public ownership on 1 March; and what, if any, payments or compensation will be paid by the current operators of Northern Rail to the Government or any other public sector body arising from, or following, it being taken into public ownership.

The financial arrangements for the transfer of services have not been finalised. The Secretary of State intends to hold Arriva, the owning group of Arriva Rail North, to account for their contractual obligations and pursue the rights that arise from the termination of the contract.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 29 January (HLWS69), what is the estimated (1) cost, and (2) savings, to public funds arising from, and following, Northern Rail being taken into public ownership on 1 March.

The financial impact on public funds from the Northern rail franchise being taken into public ownership on 1st March 2020 has not yet been finalised. Financial impacts will include any additional subsidy necessary to deliver current rail services above the cost contracted in 2015.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in the “very high risk due to a serious underlying health condition" category referred to in the leaflet enclosed with the letter from the Prime Minister updating recipients on the steps being taken to combat COVID-19.

Those identified as extremely clinically vulnerable are put on the Shielded Patient List, which is drawn from multiple sources. An initial list of patients with high risk conditions has been supplemented by general practitioners (GPs) and hospital consultants adding individual patients to the list based on their clinical assessments of each individual’s needs. The list is dynamic. People are added to the list as we learn more about the virus and expand the list of high-risk conditions, or as additional patients are added at their clinician’s discretion. Letters have therefore been issued at various stages during this process. We cannot give a precise date of when letters are issued or when they should have been received, but everyone who has been identified should now have been sent a letter either centrally by the National Health Service or by their local clinician.

That number of people on the Shielded Patient List currently stands at 2.2 million people in England. If someone has not received a letter, then we would advise they contact their local GP or their hospital consultant in order to discuss this.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in the leaflet enclosed with the letter from the Prime Minister updating recipients on the steps being taken to combat COVID-19 that “If you are at a very high risk due to a serious underlying health condition, you should have already received a letter from the NHS containing specific guidance about what to do”, between which dates was that letter to those at a very high risk despatched; what were the maximum number of days allowed, under any contractual arrangements, between date of despatch and date of delivery; to how many people that letter has been despatched; and from what source, or sources, was the list of people to whom that letter has been sent, obtained.

Those identified as extremely clinically vulnerable are put on the Shielded Patient List, which is drawn from multiple sources. An initial list of patients with high risk conditions has been supplemented by general practitioners (GPs) and hospital consultants adding individual patients to the list based on their clinical assessments of each individual’s needs. The list is dynamic. People are added to the list as we learn more about the virus and expand the list of high-risk conditions, or as additional patients are added at their clinician’s discretion. Letters have therefore been issued at various stages during this process. We cannot give a precise date of when letters are issued or when they should have been received, but everyone who has been identified should now have been sent a letter either centrally by the National Health Service or by their local clinician.

That number of people on the Shielded Patient List currently stands at 2.2 million people in England. If someone has not received a letter, then we would advise they contact their local GP or their hospital consultant in order to discuss this.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients have been treated in independent sector hospitals since the declaration of a Level 4 National incident on 30 January, compared with the same period last year.

It is not possible to provide the data requested.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the total cost to the taxpayer has been of NHS patients treated in independent sector hospitals, including the cost of independent sector hospitals being available for the treatment of NHS patients, since the declaration of a Level 4 National incident on 30 January, compared with the same period last year.

It is not possible to provide the data requested.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the maximum number of beds (1) available for use, and (2) used, by NHS patients in independent sector hospitals on any one day since the declaration of a Level 4 National incident on 30 January.

It is not possible to provide the data requested.

5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests were (1) sent to, and (2) carried out at, satellite testing locations on each day since 28 April.

To provide a more comprehensive response to a number of outstanding Written Questions, this has been answered by an information factsheet Testing – note for House of Lords which is attached, due to the size of the data. A copy has also been placed in the Library

5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) COVID-19 home testing kits, and (2) how many results from such kits, were sent out on each day since 28 April. [T]

We introduced home testing at the end of April to make testing more accessible to individuals. Between 28 April – 5 May over 92,000 home tests were dispatched to users. In that same time period, nearly 21,000 test samples were processed by our labs. Quite rightly, tests not within the control of the programme (home test kits and satellite test kits deliveries) are counted on dispatch. Tests that remain within the control of the programme throughout (for example, Regional Testing Sites and Mobile Testing Units) are counted when they are processed through our labs.