Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip) and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Lords)

Baroness Buscombe

Biography

Baroness Buscombe was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness in Waiting) on 15 June 2017.

She was a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 21 December 2016 to 15 June 2017. She was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 15 June 2017.

She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)

Lords Whips have the same constitutional position as departmental ministers. Their role in the House of Lords is different from that of Whips in the Commons, which is predominantly party management.

A Lords Whip has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:

  • answering questions
  • 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 a Whip.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Lords)

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • cross-DWP Lords spokesperson
  • fraud, error and debt strategy
  • National Insurance number policy
  • oversight of departmental statutory instruments and managing the relationship with the Social Security Advisory Committee
  • departmental planning and performance management, including ministerial correspondence
  • departmental business, including commercial contracting policy, methods of payment policy, transparency and data-sharing, research and trialling, IT security, application of the Military Covenant

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  1. Department for Work and Pensions welcomes new ministerial team

    • Press release