Lords Spokespersons have the same constitutional position as departmental ministers. Their role in the House of Lords is to be the Government’s representative.
A Lords Spokesperson has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:
- answering questions and correspondence
- responding to debates
- taking through primary and secondary legislation
If the department concerned does not have a departmental minister in the House of Lords, all of that department’s business will fall to the Lords Spokesperson.
Previous holders of this role
- 2019 to 2019