Nick Hurd Portrait

Nick Hurd

Conservative - Former Member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Minister of State (London)
14th Nov 2018 - 16th Dec 2019
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
25th Jul 2019 - 12th Dec 2019
Minister of State (Home Office)
12th Jun 2017 - 25th Jul 2019
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Jul 2016 - 12th Jun 2017
Petitions Committee
20th Jul 2015 - 28th Nov 2016
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development)
28th Nov 2015 - 16th Jul 2016
Draft Protection of Charities Bill (Joint Committee)
6th Nov 2014 - 3rd Feb 2015
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
12th May 2010 - 15th Jul 2014
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
6th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 6th May 2010
Opposition Whip (Commons)
8th Dec 2007 - 6th Oct 2008
Draft Climate Change Bill (Joint Committee)
18th Mar 2007 - 3rd Aug 2007


Division Voting information

Nick Hurd has voted in 2313 divisions, and 13 times against the majority of their Party.

27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 94 Conservative No votes vs 157 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 160 Noes - 400
27 Mar 2019 - EU: Withdrawal and Future Relationship Votes - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 122 Conservative No votes vs 126 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 139 Noes - 422
14 Mar 2019 - UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 112 Conservative Aye votes vs 188 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 412 Noes - 202
23 Jan 2018 - Electoral Commission - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative Aye votes vs 40 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 46 Noes - 77
23 Feb 2015 - Serious Crime Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 78 Conservative No votes vs 151 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 292
1 Apr 2009 - Nick Cousins - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 27 Conservative Aye votes vs 83 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 304 Noes - 103
29 Oct 2008 - Manchester City Council Bill [Lords] (By Order) - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 22 Conservative No votes vs 52 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 317 Noes - 24
29 Oct 2008 - Manchester City Council Bill [Lords] (By Order) - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 10 Conservative No votes vs 54 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 307 Noes - 11
29 Oct 2008 - Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [Lords] (By Order) - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 45 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 245 Noes - 15
29 Oct 2008 - Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [Lords] (By Order) - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 35 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 228 Noes - 14
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 114 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 190 Noes - 332
20 May 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [Lords] - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 84 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 173 Noes - 309
7 Mar 2007 - House of Lords Reform - View Vote Context
Nick Hurd voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 75 Conservative Aye votes vs 96 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 305 Noes - 267
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All Debates

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
John Bercow (Speaker)
(58 debate interactions)
Philip Hollobone (Conservative)
(27 debate interactions)
Diane Abbott (Labour)
(25 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(463 debate contributions)
Home Office
(305 debate contributions)
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Latest EDMs signed by Nick Hurd

27th October 2015
Nick Hurd signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 27th October 2015

GIVING TUESDAY

Tabled by: Nick Hurd (Conservative - Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)
That this House notes that the UK is consistently ranked as one of the most generous countries in the world; acknowledges the important contribution that charities and voluntary groups, donors and volunteers make in each constituency; celebrates the success of the #GivingTuesday campaign in the UK in 2014 last year, …
45 signatures
(Most recent: 10 Dec 2015)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 22
Labour: 6
Democratic Unionist Party: 4
Conservative: 3
Independent: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Non-affiliated: 1
Plaid Cymru: 1
6th July 2015
Nick Hurd signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 6th July 2015

PROTECTION OF INVESTMENT FOR TRANSPORT FOR LONDON

Tabled by: Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Conservative - Richmond Park)
That this House notes the transformation of London's transport system in recent years since the creation of Transport for London (TfL); acknowledges that increases in tube and bus reliability and customer satisfaction are due to sustained Government investment, a sensible fares policy and effective management; recognises that the transport is …
16 signatures
(Most recent: 14 Sep 2015)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 7
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Liberal Democrat: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Nick Hurd, 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.


Nick Hurd has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Nick Hurd has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Nick Hurd has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Nick Hurd has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


20 Written Questions

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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
1 Other Department Questions
18th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank will be by asset sale or as a going concern.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills’ written Ministerial Statements of 25 June and 15 October make clear that the Government is moving UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) into private ownership and repealing the GIB legislation so that, following a sale, GIB can continue to operate as a going concern and be reclassified to the private sector with the freedom to borrow and raise a much greater volume of private capital without affecting public sector debt.

3rd Nov 2015
To ask the Attorney General, pursuant to the Answer of 17 September 2015 to Question 10237, when he expects to publish proposals for the future of the National Debt Fund.

I refer my Hon. Friend to my Answer of 17 September 2015. Work is on-going on the possible application to the court for directions on the future of the National Fund, consistent with its object of extinguishing or reducing the national debt. I am also continuing to consider other options. I will update my Hon. Friend as soon as I can.

15th Sep 2015
To ask the Attorney General, whether it is his policy to facilitate the transfer of funds of the National Debt Fund Charity to the Treasury in a manner that is consistent with the charitable objectives of the National Debt Fund.

Options are being considered for the future of the Fund, consistent with its object of extinguishing or reducing the national debt. A proposal will be set out in due course.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Attorney General, what progress he has made on discussions about the future of the National Debt Fund charity; and what steps he is taking to secure legal approval to change the charitable objects of that charity and remove the requirement on it to pay off the whole national debt.

Options are being considered for the future of the Fund, consistent with its object of extinguishing or reducing the national debt. A proposal will be set out in due course.

15th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the development of character and life skills in young people.

The Department for Education is investing £5 million to expand the capacity of schools and voluntary organisations in order to deliver character education. We are committed to ensuring that all young people develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. We want to ensure all young people are prepared for life in modern Britain.

15th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment her Department has made of (a) young people's access to extracurricular activities designed to help their personal development and (b) opportunities for increasing the availability of such activities.

The Department is committed to implementing measures to support schools to build character, resilience and grit in their pupils. Participating in extracurricular activities is one aspect of building character in young people.

We are supporting head teachers to decide the activities they offer and how best to structure the school day in the best interests of their pupils. We are investing £5 million to expand character education, which includes funding projects that offer extracurricular activities that help prepare children for successful adult life. We have also made it easier for all schools to make changes to the length, structure and content of the school day so that they can expand the range of activities that they offer where it would benefit their pupils.

14th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to encourage the extension of the school day to create more opportunities for young people to access extracurricular activities.

The government has made it easier for all schools to make changes to the length, structure and content of the school day so that every school in England has the flexibility to decide when their school day should start and finish. We trust headteachers to decide how best to structure their school day to support their pupils’ education.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultations she plans to undertake with (a) other departments and (b) other bodies and people on the development of a 25-year plan to restore the UK's biodiversity.

The Government is currently developing the framework that will guide the development of the 25 year environment plan. This is being led by Defra and will have ongoing input from other Government Departments. There will also be engagement with those with an interest in the health of the natural environment.

7th Jul 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what process the Government plans to establish to develop a 25-year plan to restore the UK's biodiversity; and when she expects to publish that plan.

The Government is currently developing the framework that will guide the development of the 25 year environment plan. This is being led by Defra and will have ongoing input from other Government Departments. There will also be engagement with those with an interest in the health of the natural environment.

16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of (a) cataract surgery, (b) correction of refractive error, (c) interventions against trachoma and (d) other public health interventions.

DFID uses evidence on the cost-effectiveness of health interventions to inform DFID investment decisions. This includes the World Health Organisation CHOICE (CHOosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective) project that provides detailed cost-effectiveness estimates of a large number of interventions to reduce risks to health, including many causes of blindness. DFID’s aim is to maximise health gains through targeted, cost-effective health interventions that are delivered through strengthened, more efficient and effective health systems.


Every DFID project is rigorously appraised before approval. During implementation each project is regularly monitored to examine whether the targeted results are on track, whether the project represents value for money and remains cost effective, and what, if any, corrective action needs to be undertaken. DFID considers alternative approaches and cost-effectiveness, amongst other factors, whenever we make an investment. The best value for money in a given country at a given time will depend on many factors, including the local context and what others are doing.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assumptions her Department has made on (a) global levels of avoidable blindness and low vision and (b) projected levels of those problems in 2020 in planning its work.

The latest available evidence on the burden of disease is used in planning our work. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Data on levels and trends of the burden of diseases and injuries and the risk factors that cause them are an important input to health decision-making for national governments and development partners.When making investment decisions DFID considers many factors, including the burden of disease, to ensure that we deliver value for money and that we address the health needs of the countries we support.


Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of her Department's programmes to help reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness and low vision.

DFID uses evidence on the cost-effectiveness of health interventions to inform DFID investment decisions. This includes the World Health Organisation CHOICE (CHOosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective) project that provides detailed cost-effectiveness estimates of a large number of interventions to reduce risks to health, including many causes of blindness. DFID’s aim is to maximise health gains through targeted, cost-effective health interventions that are delivered through strengthened, more efficient and effective health systems.


Every DFID project is rigorously appraised before approval. During implementation each project is regularly monitored to examine whether the targeted results are on track, whether the project represents value for money and remains cost effective, and what, if any, corrective action needs to be undertaken. DFID considers alternative approaches and cost-effectiveness, amongst other factors, whenever we make an investment. The best value for money in a given country at a given time will depend on many factors, including the local context and what others are doing.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to help reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness and low vision since 2010.

DFID has a number of programmes that directly and indirectly support the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness. Since 2010 DFID has supported: the control of river blindness; programmes that contribute to the elimination of blinding trachoma; the work of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust to tackle trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity across the Commonwealth; a Programme Partnership Arrangement with Sightsavers and several UK Aid Match schemes that provide a range of sight-restoring and sight-saving operations; and funding provided to UNICEF, the GAVI Alliance and the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MRI) that has helped provide, amongst other things, food fortification, Vitamin A supplementation and measles immunisation, which reduce the risk of blindness.


Prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness requires a strong health system. Through its health systems strengthening, DFID is helping to ensure that eye treatment is available for all. The UK is providing significant support to developing and maintaining robust health systems to enable developing countries to address their health priorities.


Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
16th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information her Department holds on the global cost of lost economic activity due to blindness and low vision.

There are a limited number of studies that estimate the lost productivity from all avoidable blindness. However, there have been some studies to assess the impact of specific causes of visual impairment and blindness. For example, it has been estimated that trachoma alone causes US$3-6 billion in lost productivity per year across affected countries. DFID is supporting the prevention and treatment of trachoma in a number of highly endemic countries.


Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
24th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the direct and indirect cost to the UK economy of disability through blindness and visual disorders.

The Department has not made a recent estimate of the direct and indirect cost to the United Kingdom economy of disability through blindness and visual disorders.

24th Nov 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of levels of blindness and low vision are classifiable as preventable.

There is a range of information already available about levels of preventable sight loss. The indicator within the Public Health Outcomes Framework brings this together in a single place. The indicator is made up of four sub-indicators which will measure the crude rates of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and of the rate of sight loss certifications per 100,000 population. Data has been collected since 1 April 2013.


Baseline data for 2010/11 was published in November 2012, broken down by local authority and data providing a time series up to 2013/14 has now been published. It is available to search at:


http://www.phoutcomes.info/public-health-outcomes-framework#gid/1000044/par/E12000004



4th Sep 2015
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK Overseas Territories are known to have had illegal fishing activity take place in their waters in 2015.

Fisheries protection and enforcement is a delegated matter under the constitutions of the Overseas Territories. Between January and August 2015, four Territory governments have investigated alleged breaches of their domestic fisheries legislation.

Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Transport
14th Sep 2015
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to promote financial inclusion and capability.

The government has taken a number of steps to promote financial inclusion and capability.

Following extensive government negotiations with the banking industry, the nine largest current account providers in the UK have committed to improve basic bank accounts. From January 2016 basic bank accounts will be truly fee-free, allowing people who don’t have a bank account, or who would struggle to get a standard account due to money problems, to manage their money with certainty and clarity.

The Money Advice Service (MAS) is currently coordinating the development of a nationwide Financial Capability Strategy, with partners including representatives from the third sector, the financial services industry, regulators and educators.

Alongside the introduction of the pension freedoms in April 2015, the government committed to providing free, impartial guidance through Pension Wise, to help people make informed and confident decisions about how they use their defined contribution pension savings in retirement.

8th Dec 2014
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the London Borough of Harrow receives annually in Government grants; and if he will make a statement.

In 2014-15 the London Borough of Harrow is forecast to receive £208 million in government grants, excluding mandatory housing benefits, equivalent to £2,364 per dwelling. Including mandatory housing benefits, the forecast is £338 million (source: Revenue Account budget returns). The Greater London Authority also delivers services (police, fire, transport, strategic housing and planning) in Harrow, and is forecast to receive £4.5 billion in government grants in 2014-15, equivalent to £1,311 per dwelling. Taken together, this is equivalent to £3,675 per dwelling in Harrow.

Leaving aside schools spending which has changed due to the funding shift from local authorities to academies, in 2014-15 Harrow’s net current expenditure excluding education is forecast to be £293 million (source: Revenue Account budget returns). This compares with £267 million in 2009-10 (source: Revenue Outturn returns). This represents a 10% increase in cash terms.