Contacting the members of the House of Lords

Further to my visit to the House of Lords (with UKCMA) where Lord Storey suggested that we all contact the Peers,  information was posted on the One Voice Facebook Group Link to One Voice Together for Quality Facebook Group on 29th June about how to contact them – however that post is now so far down the page that people are struggling to find it.

 

Therefore it makes sense to have a page on here the One Voice website so that people can find the information easily.

To put things in context, the Children and Families Bill – which is the Bill that childminding agencies are in and through which they will become law, has now finished its passage through the House of Commons and now has to go through the House of Lords.

The important part of this is when the House of Lords unpick the Children and Families Bill line by line.

 

The ‘bit’ about agencies is only a few lines long – and a very, very,very small part of what is a large Bill covering many important issues, and so it would be easy for those that are not well informed to think ‘this bit seems ok’ and not bother to debate or challenge any of it.

Certainly Lord Storey – when we visited him was unaware the childminders were already required to be inspected by  Ofsted and thought that it was a step in the right direction for childminders to be inspected via an agency. (Of course he knows now – and was horrified at the thought of a backward step in not requiring all childminders to have a independent Ofsted  inspection.

 

Therefore there is much work to do, to make sure all the Peers are aware of what registered childminders do now, the inspection process, the importance of an individual grade, the importance of being able to continue to run our own small businesses – and the importance of parents being able to deal directly with childminders.

Not to mention the cost of these agencies – and that childminders and parents will be the ones covering these costs.

 

So how to contact the Peers;

Website with details of all the Peers

On the website above you will find contact details of all the Peers but as we can not all possibly contact all of them – and no doubt they would get fed up of having hundreds of letters and emails each – it might be best to contact those that are from the areas nearest to where you live PLUS all the ones that sit on the Education Committee (as they should have more of an interest and understanding)

Names of those who sit on the Health and Education Committee

Benjamin, Baroness                             Liberal Democrat

Blencathra, Lord                                   Conservative

Bridgeman, Viscount                         Conservative

Faulkner of Worcester, Lord            Labour

Hannay of Chiswick, Lord               Crossbench

Judd, Lord                                             Labour

Morris of Handsworth, Lord           Labour

Prashar, Baroness                               Crossbench

Sharkey, Lord                                      Liberal Democrat

Stair, Earl                                              Crossbench

Tomlinson, Lord                                Labour

Wasserman, Lord                             Conservative

 

Some tips for writing to the Peers (taken from same website)

Members of the House of Lords have a number of different titles, with different ways to address them.

 

Some Lords should be addressed using their title only, for example, Lord Sugar or Baroness Boothroyd.

Other Lords have an additional part to their title which should also be used when addressing them, for example, Lord Campbell of Alloway or Baroness Harris of Richmond.

To find the correct title to address a Lord please use the Members of the House of Lords list.

Once you have found the correct title you can use the guide below which shows you how to use it in correspondence. ‘X’ should be replaced with the Lord’s title.

Lord Speaker

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lord Speaker
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The Rt Hon.* the Baroness D’Souza CMG, Lord Speaker

Baron (Lord)

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The (Rt Hon.* the) Lord X

Baroness

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The (Rt Hon.* the) Baroness X

Countess

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The Countess (of) X

Duke

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Duke of X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … His Grace the Duke of X

Earl

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The (Rt Hon.* the) Earl (of) X

Lady

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The (Rt Hon.* the) Lady X

Marquess

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The Most Hon. the Marquess of X

Viscount

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope .. The (Rt Hon.* the) Viscount X

Archbishop

  • Beginning of email/letter… Dear Archbishop
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The Most Rev. and the Rt Hon.* the Archbishop of X

Bishops

  • Beginning of email/letter … Dear Lord Bishop
  • End of email/letter … Yours sincerely
  • Envelope … The Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of X

It is best practice to sign off a letter to a member with ‘Yours sincerely’.

*Rt Hon. should be used when a Lord is a member of the Privy Council. When you look up a member on the Members of the House of Lords list, it will state if they’re a privy counsellor.

 

Hopefully people will send in their copies of their letters and emails – so they can be added here – and hopefully we will get some replies sent in to include as well

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