Ministerial role

Lords Spokesperson


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

  1. The Rt Hon Lord Young of Cookham CH

    • 2019 to 2019