Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Biography

Lord Bourne was appointed joint Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office on 27 October 2017. He holds this role jointly with his Parliamentary Under Secretary of State role at the Department for Communities and Local Government, which he started on 17 July 2016.

He has been a member of the Lords since September 2013.

Education

He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford; University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied law.

Political career

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and as a Lord in Waiting from May 2015 until July 2016.

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Wales Office in May 2015.

From 2014 to 2015 he was a Lords Whip (2014 to 2015) responsible for the Wales Office, the Department for International Development, the Department for Work and Pensions and the broadcasting elements of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport portfolio.

Lord Bourne was Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales from 1999 to 2011 and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly for Wales between 2007 and 2011. He was also a member of the Silk Commission.

Career outside politics

Between 1996 and 1998 Lord Bourne was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School. Lord Bourne has taught law at Hong Kong University, the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Faith

The minister is responsible for:

  • (Departmental business in the House of Lords)
  • Domestic refuges
  • Faith
  • Community cohesion (including Controlling Migration Fund)
  • Travellers policy

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Lords) assists the Secretary of State for Wales in ensuring that the interests of Wales are recognised in Westminster, and that Westminster’s voice is heard in Wales.

Responsibilities include:

  • Immigration and Social Inclusion
  • Defence
  • Local Government
  • Localism
  • Education
  • Law and Order/ Justice

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2017 to 2017
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales

    • 2015 to 2017
  4. Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

    • 2014 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Industrial Strategy set to get Wales’ economy firing on all cylinders

    • Press release
  2. UK Government Minister Lord Bourne visits leading Welsh University

    • Press release
  3. £18 million extra funding for council services

    • Press release
  4. New guidance to ensure victims of domestic abuse can access safe social housing

    • Press release
  5. Dramatic finale to mark centenary of end of First World War

    • News story
  6. Britain remembers the heroes of Passchendaele with community ceremonies

    • News story
  7. Local councils to receive £15 million in extra funding

    • Press release
  8. Lord Bourne statement following terror attack in Finsbury Park

    • Press release
  9. First World War heroes commemorated as Britain remembers the Battle of Arras

    • Press release
  10. Charities in Wales benefit from Tampon Tax Fund

    • Press release