Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Faith and Integration

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth

Biography

Lord Bourne was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 17 July 2016. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Wales Office on May 2015. 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.

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 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

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Faith and Integration

The minister is responsible for:

  • faith and integration
  • community cohesion
  • race equality
  • troubled families
  • domestic refuges
  • travellers policy
  • migration and communities (including the Controlling Migration Fund and the Syrian Refugees Programme)

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

    • 2014 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. First World War heroes commemorated as Britain remembers the Battle of Arras

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

    • Press release
  3. Government support for more than 19,000 victims of domestic abuse

    • Press release
  4. New hate crime package to target groups at need

    • Press release
  5. £210,000 funding boost to community projects

    • Press release
  6. New funding to boost diverse communities during Inter Faith Week

    • Press release
  7. New £20 million fund now open to help victims of domestic abuse

    • Press release
  8. Get involved with Inter Faith week

    • Speech
  9. Troubled Families Programme: transforming the lives of thousands of families

    • Government response
  10. Wales Office Minister visits Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

    • Press release