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Lord Soley

Labour - Life peer

1 APPG membership (as of 14 Jul 2021)
2 Former APPG memberships
Air Ambulances, Bahrain
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 23rd Apr 2020
European Union Committee
19th Jul 2018 - 15th Jul 2019
The Arctic
12th Jun 2014 - 11th Feb 2015
Inquiries Act 2005 Committee
11th Jul 2013 - 26th Feb 2014
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee
2nd Feb 2009 - 15th May 2013
Intergovernmental Organisations Committee
15th Nov 2007 - 7th Jul 2008
Draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill (Joint Committee)
8th Feb 2005 - 5th May 2005
House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)
19th Jun 2002 - 5th May 2005
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee
1st Jul 1998 - 1st Jul 2001
Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party
10th May 1997 - 7th Jun 2001
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
16th Nov 1994 - 21st Mar 1997
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee
26th Apr 1995 - 21st Mar 1997
Liaison Committee (Commons)
9th Jun 1995 - 21st Mar 1997

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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 117 Labour No votes vs 1 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 63 Noes - 401
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Register of Home-educated Children

The Minister and her predecessor, the noble Lord, Lord Agnew, have been supportive of the underlying principles of my Bill, …

Written Answers
Tuesday 17th November 2020
Private Education
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the registration of independent schools in instances where Ofsted has …
Early Day Motions
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Lord Soley has voted in 96 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 Berridge (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(2 debate interactions)
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(2 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Justice
(2 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(2 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(2 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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

Lord Soley has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Lord Soley has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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

4 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
3rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy regarding the registration of independent schools in instances where Ofsted has expressed concern regarding that registration.

Any educational provider which offers a full-time education to 5 or more pupils of compulsory school age, or to 1 or more pupils of compulsory school age who are also looked after, or have an education, health and care plan, is required to register with the Department for Education. It is a criminal offence to conduct an independent school that is not registered. If convicted of this offence, a person could be subject to an unlimited fine, and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

Section 99 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 outlines that Ofsted must inspect all proposed new independent schools against the Independent Schools Standards, and make a report to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, on the extent to which these standards are likely to be met following registration. The Secretary of State for Education must then decide, taking that report and any other evidence he has on the proposed school into account, whether the standards are likely to be met if it is to be registered as an independent school. If he is satisfied that the standards are likely to be met, he must register the school.

In practice, it is nearly always the case that where an inspection report shows that the standards are not likely to be met, the registration application is rejected. However, there are rare exceptions: for example, if remedial building work has been arranged, but has not yet been undertaken at the time of the inspection. In such cases, if the school is subsequently able to show that the work has been carried out successfully, so as to address all of the issues identified in the report, it is possible to register the school without the need for a further inspection.

Full guidance on registering an independent school is available through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-school-registration.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to provide financial support to the UK fishing industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and when they intend to implement any such plans.

The Government announced a £10 million funding package for England’s fishing and aquaculture sectors on 16 April. The fund will help businesses within the sector meet the fixed costs they face, including insurance, equipment hire and port costs, and will help secure the long-term future of the English fishing industry.

This includes a £1 million Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme, which will fund projects to help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets.

Further information and guidance is available on MMO’s website.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding they have provided to (1) Northern Ireland, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and, in each case, how much that represents per head of population.

We have so far announced £7.4 billion of additional funding to the devolved administrations to support people, business and public services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means £3.8 billion for the Scottish Government, £2.3 billion for the Welsh Government and £1.3 billion for the Northern Ireland Executive.

This is equivalent to £700 per head of the Scottish population, £730 per head of the Welsh population and £680 per head of the Northern Ireland population. The differences in these per head figures are partly due to the differing extent of devolved responsibilities and partly due to the nation-specific elements of the Barnett formula.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
8th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how long on average it takes for an applicant to receive a grant of probate.

Probate timeliness data up to March 2020 are due for publication on 25th June 2020.