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Lord Taylor of Holbeach

Conservative - Life peer

Became Member: 31st May 2006

Deputy Speaker (Lords)
5th Mar 2018 - 3rd Oct 2019
Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)
14th Oct 2014 - 3rd Oct 2019
Procedure and Privileges Committee
14th Oct 2014 - 3rd Oct 2019
Committee of Selection (Lords)
14th Oct 2014 - 3rd Oct 2019
Services Committee
1st Sep 2016 - 3rd Oct 2019
Sub-Committee on Leave of Absence
10th Jun 2015 - 3rd Oct 2019
Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (HM Household) (Chief Whip, House of Lords)
6th Aug 2014 - 26th Jul 2019
Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords)
14th Oct 2014 - 9th May 2019
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
14th Oct 2014 - 31st Aug 2016
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Sep 2012 - 6th Aug 2014
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2011 - 6th Sep 2012
Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
11th May 2010 - 15th Sep 2011

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Taylor of Holbeach has voted in 528 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 Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
(4 debate interactions)
Lord Benyon (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(3 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(9 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Agriculture Act 2020
(3,488 words contributed)
Environment Act 2021
(1,405 words contributed)
Dormant Assets Act 2022
(1,074 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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

Lord Taylor of Holbeach has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Lord Taylor of Holbeach has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting

Latest 6 Written Questions

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19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to The de Bois Review: an independent review of Destination Management Organisations in England, published on 14 September 2021.

The response was published on 20 July 2022, the very day My Noble Friend tabled this question.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Nick de Bois The de Bois Review: an independent review of Destination Management Organisations in England, published on 14 September; and what steps they intend to take to implement its recommendations.

Destination Management Organisations have provided vital business support to local tourism organisations during this crisis, and will play a key role in helping our tourism industry recover.

We have long been aware of the arguments in favour of carrying out an independent review of how tourism is structured, organised and funded at a local level in England.

We welcome the report’s publication, and thank Nick de Bois for his work. We will now take time to consider its recommendations and respond to them.

The Spending Review confirmed the DCMS settlement and the Department is currently deciding how to allocate it. The Government encourages DMOs to share information with VisitEngland and DCMS.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
14th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage smaller communities and towns to participate in Festival UK* 2022.

We have recently announced the 10 teams that will deliver world class creative projects in urban, rural and coastal communities across the UK in 2022. In partnership with the Festival Company, these teams are now starting pre-production to develop the content of their projects and determine the final locations.

Together, the 10 projects are designed to reach populations throughout the UK. As well as public events there will be learning and participation programmes aimed at engaging local communities and encouraging them, and the rest of the country, to take part. The Festival programme will be announced later this year.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Coventry City Council about Coventry's designation as the 2021 UK City of Culture; and what support they have (1) provided, and (2) plan to provide, to that Council for the duration of Coventry being the City of Culture.

DCMS liaise regularly with Coventry City Council and The Coventry Trust as they are preparing for their tenure as UK City of Culture 2021. This government has already committed over £18.5 million to support Coventry, which includes the recent announcement of £3.5m additional funding which will be used to prepare enhanced covid-19 safety and hygiene methods and provide reassurance to audiences. This government remains committed to working with Coventry City Council and The Coventry Trust to provide continued support throughout 2021 and 2022.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
16th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why a freestanding pre-school is not permitted to be a member of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) unless it is partnered with a single primary school; and what steps they intend to take to allow such pre-schools to join MATs without being subject to that requirement.

Academies are state-funded schools that have become independent from local authority control. Multi-academy trusts (MATs) are charities that have responsibility for running a number of academies.

Most freestanding pre-schools are private, voluntary, or independent (PVI) childcare providers which are businesses or organisations that are not schools. As such these organisations are not eligible to become academies, and therefore, not able to be included in a MAT in their own right. Schools that become academies in their own right are also currently required by law to have pupils of compulsory school age (aged 5 or above). Other definitions of an academy are set out in the Academies Act 2010.

Therefore, a pre-school would have to be fully constituted as part of a primary school’s academy organisation and provision to be able to be part of its MAT. It would then be subject to the governance arrangements of that MAT. Therefore, it would be for the MAT and the Regional Schools Commissioner to ultimately decide any individual arrangements for that provider and which schools it would be able to work with. Changing these procedures would require a change to primary legislation and there are no current plans to make such a change. The Regional Schools Commissioner for East Midlands and the Humber can be contacted at: emh.rsc@education.gov.uk.

A minority of pre-schools are maintained nursery schools (MNSs), which are an important part of the early years sector and provide valuable services, especially in disadvantaged areas. MNSs come under local authority control but are also currently unable to legally become academies. Originally, when academisation was established as a route for schools, maintained nursery schools were not included. We continue to keep under review the case for enabling maintained nursery schools to convert to academy status and join MATs.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Environment Agency about actions they can take to support the development of coastal communities in the Greater Lincolnshire area.

In 2019 the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) received £370,000 for its project “Future Proofing Coastal Tourism Sector”. The project provides support for local businesses in the Greater Lincolnshire area, via the creation of a Coastal Business/Provider Forum. In addition, a range of training courses will be delivered to employed and unemployed people, with the aim of upskilling them in preparation for employment. Coastal Champions will act as role models and link into the LEP Ambassador scheme.

The Coastal Revival Fund helps kick start regeneration of ‘at risk’ coastal heritage that are important to local communities and that have the potential to create opportunities for new economic uses or are facing neglect. As part of this fund, East Lindsey District Council received £50,000 towards the restoration of the Grade II listed Skegness Rockery Gardens.

The Environment Agency actively leads and supports partnership approaches that improve coastal communities across Greater Lincolnshire. This includes guiding planning policy and long-term investment strategies, to delivering high quality defences and a world class flood warning service. For example, the Environment Agency provides an annual beach nourishment scheme which reduces the risk of flooding to over 20,000 homes along the Lincolnshire coast, whilst also providing beaches to help attract visitors and support businesses.

The Lincolnshire Water Management Partnership has identified the coast as a priority, needing a long-term vision to ensure that it adapts to climate change. The Environment Agency is working with local government to develop an adaptation strategy that will optimise prosperity on the coast having regard to the challenge of climate change over the next 100 years. The purpose is to deliver a resilient pattern of spatial development tactically over the next 25 within a strategic view of the next 100 years.

The Environment Agency has also been engaged with the Boston, Connected Coast, and Greater Grimsby Town Deal Boards to help develop and advise on the investment plans and priority projects for the towns. The Town Deals announced in the March 2021 budget confirmed £91.2 million of Government funding for Greater Lincolnshire’s coastal communities including £21.9 million for Boston, £23.9 million for Mablethorpe, £24.5 million for Skegness and £20.9 million for Grimsby.

The English coast has enormous potential and the Government is determined to see it thrive all year round. Our coastal communities support a range of sectors including tourism, fishing and renewable energy. We will support coastal communities to unlock barriers to their development and growth, and to strengthen their appeal as places to live, work and visit.