Lord Shipley Portrait

Lord Shipley

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

2 APPG memberships (as of 29 Dec 2021)
City Regions Transport, Deafness
5 Former APPG memberships
British Library, Homelessness, Housing and Planning, Local Government, Local Growth
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee
2nd Jul 2019 - 23rd Apr 2020
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse)
1st Jun 2015 - 3rd Dec 2015
Economic Affairs Committee
24th Nov 2010 - 30th Mar 2015


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Division Votes
Wednesday 12th January 2022
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 16 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 32 Noes - 20
Speeches
Thursday 13th January 2022
Health and Care Bill
My Lords, now that we are in Committee, I remind the House of my interest as a vice-president of the …
Written Answers
Monday 22nd March 2021
Local Government: Audit
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a regulatory framework for the audits of …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Wednesday 29th January 2020
Local Authorities (Transport Powers) Bill [HL] 2019-21
A bill to empower local authorities to introduce Workplace Parking Levies with immediate effect and to impose penalty charges for …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Shipley has voted in 205 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 Greenhalgh (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(17 debate interactions)
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(10 debate interactions)
Baroness Vere of Norbiton (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(13 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(11 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(9 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Shipley, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

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Lord Shipley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Shipley


A bill to empower local authorities to introduce Workplace Parking Levies with immediate effect and to impose penalty charges for moving traffic contraventions


Last Event - 1st Reading (Lords)
Wednesday 29th January 2020
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Lord Shipley has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


24 Written Questions in the current parliament

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10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the introduction of compulsory product registration of white goods at point of sale.

The Government encourages consumers to register their domestic appliances and is taking proactive steps to increase the rates of product registration in the UK. The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has undertaken research to survey over 4,000 consumers to understand their attitudes to product safety, including product registration.

In January 2020, OPSS began a product registration research trial with the aim of increasing product registration rates by applying behavioural principles. The trial will monitor the rates of product registration and the data collected will be used to develop further initiatives to increase product registration by consumers. The Government keeps all options under review and is keen to ensure that any activity to increase the rate of product registration is evidence based and proportionate.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to requiring manufacturers to fit white goods with a standardised rating plate in an identical position on all such goods for the purpose of easy product identification.

The Government recognises the value of being able to identify a product following a product safety incident. Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, before placing electrical equipment on the market, a manufacturer must ensure that it bears a type, batch or serial number to allow for its identification.

Research commissioned by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has identified a number of potential systems for the indelible marking of white goods. OPSS will further explore with key stakeholders the barriers which are currently preventing industry from implementing such a system.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to improving the traceability of white goods.

The Government recognises the value of being able to identify a product following a product safety incident. Under the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016, before placing electrical equipment on the market, a manufacturer must ensure that it bears a type, batch or serial number to allow for its identification.

Research commissioned by the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has identified a number of potential systems for the indelible marking of white goods. OPSS will further explore with key stakeholders the barriers which are currently preventing industry from implementing such a system.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to improving the safety of white goods that are sold second hand.

The law requires that only safe products may be placed on the market, whether they are new or second hand. Electrical products placed on the market must comply with the legal safety requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 (or of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 if they were placed on the market before December 2016).

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is rolling out training to front line Trading Standards Officers on the safety of second-hand electrical goods later this year. In addition, OPSS will be publishing good practice guidance on the responsibilities for those who sell second-hand electrical goods. The Chief Executive of OPSS has also written to the Charity Retailers Association, urging them to ensure electrical products sold in charity shops are safe. The Association covers almost 9,000 charity and second-hand shops in the UK.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to commemorate the bicentenary of the opening of George Stephenson's railway between Hetton Colliery and the River Wear in 2022.

The Government currently has no plans to commemorate the bicentenary of the Hetton Colliery Railway.

Stephenson played a key role in Britain’s position as a pioneer of railway development. If an organisation were to bring forward proposals for such a commemoration, our heritage bodies would be happy to discuss these and to provide expertise as needed. Historic England is supporting the nearby Stockton and Darlington Railway, of which the Hetton Colliery Railway was the forerunner, as part of its Heritage Action Zone programme from 2018-2023. This is likely to increase interest in this area.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
10th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the fitness of the operators of private car parks to issue valid fines.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will only release vehicle keeper information to private parking companies that are members of an appropriate accredited trade association (ATA). The ATAs carry out checks on parking companies before allowing them to become members. This ensures that the company is legitimate and is monitored for compliance with the ATA’s code of practice that promotes fair treatment for motorists.

The DVLA carries out comprehensive auditing of companies, involving remote and also on-site audits in conjunction with the Government Internal Audit Agency. This ensures that keeper information is used appropriately. Any issues are investigated and action taken where necessary. This can include the suspension of the facility to request vehicle keeper information from the DVLA.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
10th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the past three years to respond to requests for the personal details of motorists by private car park operators.

It is not possible to say how many staff are employed specifically to process requests from private car park operators. The staff involved deal with these requests as part of their role alongside a variety of other duties.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the transformative investments to the A1 north of Newcastle proposed by the Prime Minister in his statement on Transport Infrastructure on 11 February; and when they will be implemented.

We have already started on improvements to the A1 North of Ellingham. Junction improvements at Fenham le Moor, Outchester, Adderstone Mains, Newstead Crossroads and Old Mousen have been completed. Work is currently underway on other junctions along this section of the A1 and work will be completed by March 2020.

We are also committed to dualling the A1 between Alnwick and Ellingham and Morpeth and Felton, as well as creating new junctions at Highlaws, Fenrother, West Moor and Charlton Mires. Construction will begin on this scheme in 2021 and both sections will be open for traffic by 2023/24.

The schemes will improve performance and safety for the travelling public on the A1.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide funding for a new railway station building in Sunderland.

The North East city region has been shortlisted for a share of £1.22bn from the second tranche of the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. A new station building in Sunderland is part of their proposal. The Department is currently reviewing TCF submissions received from all twelve shortlisted city regions and a decision on the allocation of funding is expected in March 2020.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
6th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential merits of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland.

As part of its Continuous Modular Strategic Planning work on long term strategy for the rail network, Network Rail is assessing what is required to make sure that the rail network between York and Newcastle meets the needs of passengers and freight users in the coming decades. This study is considering the potential role of reinstatement of the Leamside line in meeting those needs, including for local connectivity through extension of the Tyne and Wear local conventional rail or Metro network. It will make recommendations for further option development.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the data published by the Office for National Statistics which demonstrates that 19 local authorities in England have recorded excess death rates in 2020 that are more than twice the UK average excess death rates.

We have made no such assessment but we are learning as much as we can, as quickly as we can about this virus, who it affects and how best to keep everyone safe and protect those who may be more vulnerable than others.

We asked Public Health England (PHE) to undertake a rapid review into disparities in deaths from COVID-19 and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities (Kemi Badenoch MP) has been tasked with leading the work arising from PHE’s report published on 2 June. The Terms of Reference for that work were published on 4 June.

10th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what they currently estimate the percentage of (1) false negative, and (2) false positive, tests for COVID-19 to be.

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

10th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tests for COVID-19 have been completed per 100,000 people in each local authority area in England to date.

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.

24th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mirror the provision by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive of business rates relief for one year during the COVID-19 pandemic to airports; and why airports in England and Wales have not yet been included in that scheme.

Business rates and any reliefs are devolved in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for local authorities in England on eligible properties. As set out in the guidance, support is targeted at premises that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues; for assembly and leisure; or as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation. It is for local authorities to determine eligibility for reliefs, having regard to guidance issued by the Government.

A range of further measures to support all businesses, including those not eligible for the business rates holiday, such as airports, has also been made available.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to establish a regulatory framework for the audits of local authorities; and whether any such plans would include the appointment of a regulator to assess and advise on such audit reports.

The Government published its response to the Redmond Review of local authority financial reporting and external audit on 17 December 2020. The current regulatory framework for local audit was one of the matters considered by the review. We are giving close consideration to Sir Tony Redmond’s finding that the local audit framework is too fragmented and are committed to exploring the full range of options as to how the recommendations relating to system leadership can best be achieved and will update on this further later in the Spring.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
8th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities in England delivering adult social care have increased their adult social care precept for 2021/2022 by (1) 3, (2) 2–2.99, (3) 1–1.99, and (4) 0–0.99, per cent.

The Department will publish National Statistics on 25 March setting out the level of council tax charged by local authorities in England for 2021/22. This release will include details on how authorities with responsibility for adult social care have made use of the adult social care precept.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
25th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824.

This is a complex issue and that is why a review is the right course of action and we are looking at all options.

Work is ongoing and the Government will update on its findings in due course.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers in England were allocated accommodation in a hotel or similar accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Department has been working intensively with local areas to support rough sleepers, those in shared sleeping spaces such as shelters and those at risk of rough sleeping, into secure accommodation as part of the Everyone In programme.

On 3 June, the Government published the management information that supports the announcements from the Secretary of State and Dame Louise Casey that nearly 15,000 vulnerable people had?been accommodated by local authorities in response to COVID-19.?This information can be (attached) found here.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rough sleepers in England were reported in their latest count of rough sleepers; and when that count was conducted.

The most recent national rough sleeping data is the?autumn 2019 annual statistics, which showed a total figure of 4,266 rough sleepers on any given night.

The number of people sleeping rough in the 2019 annual snapshot is 9% lower compared with the previous year and 10% lower compared with 2017.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 15,000 vulnerable people have been housed in?emergency?accommodation in order to prevent any risk of them sleeping rough during the pandemic.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of fines levied by private car park operators in the past ten years.

Government does not hold figures on fines levied by private car park operators.

At present, the private parking industry is self-regulating. However, the Parking (Code of Practice) Act will lead to the creation of an independent Code of Practice for private parking companies and a “one-stop-shop” for private sector parking appeals.

The Code will be developed in consultation with stakeholders but Government fully expects the Code to cover such areas as the clear display of terms and conditions for consumers, grace periods to allow motorists time to pay and leave the car park, professional standards of behaviour expected of parking operators and a fair process for appealing parking charges.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of motorists who have received invalid fines caused by malfunctioning equipment in private car parks in each of the last three years.

We have not made an estimate of the number of motorists who have received invalid fines caused by malfunctioning equipment in private car parks. However, this is an issue which the new Parking Code of Practice should help to address.

At present the private parking industry is self-regulating. The Parking (Code of Practice) Act, will lead to the creation of an independent Code of Practice for private parking companies and a “one-stop-shop” for private sector parking appeals.

The Code of Practice will create consistency for consumers, by having a single set of rules which applies across the private parking sector. It will ensure that the obligations for enforcement and appeal processes are fair, consistent, and proportionate. Those operators who do not meet the standards set out in the code of practice will not be able to access DVLA data and will be unable to pursue motorists for parking charges.

The Government is currently considering the content of the Code and what the obligations by private parking companies to motorists should be and will consult with stakeholders, including industry, motorists and consumer groups later this year.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government why a fine levied in a private car park can be more than one levied in a car park operated by a local authority.

At present the private parking industry is self-regulating.

Parking on private land is primarily managed through contract law. The signage on a site is the terms and conditions of a contract. When a motorist gets a ticket from a private company, in law this is an invoice for breach of contract. This creates a debt against the motorist that is enforceable through the courts.

Fines issued by private parking companies are currently capped at £100 by the codes of practice which the International Parking Community and British Parking Association hold their members to.

The Parking (Code of Practice) Act will create a Code of Practice with a single set of rules which applies across the private parking sector. It will ensure that the obligations for enforcement and appeal processes are fair, consistent, and proportionate. The issue of fines will also be looked at as part of the development of the Code.

Local authority parking is governed by different legislation to private car parks. The Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Guidelines on Levels of Charges) (England) Order 2007 sets guidelines on parking charges by enforcement authorities outside Greater London. Local authorities are not meant to raise revenue on managing parking and under Section 55 of the Road Traffic Management Act (RTRA) 1984, any excess revenue raised must be reinvested in the local transport budget.

The Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Act 2017 will also provide flexibility around allowing local authorities to lower parking charges for seasonal or one-off events, as well as creating a duty to consult residents on plans to increase charges. We are currently working on enacting the legislation and will provide further announcements in due course.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)