House of Lords
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the United Kingdom Parliament, comprising Peers of the Realm appointed by HM The Queen for their expertise, with a remit to serve as a revising body and to assist in holding Her Majesty’s Government to account. They are not elected, and serve for life, and enjoy greater scope to champion causes free from political constraint.
Members of the House of Lords play a vital role in making laws and keeping an eye on the decisions and actions of Government. Brining years of knowledge from many walks of life, they apply an experienced perspective to examining legislation and public policy.
As a member of the House of Lords, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne makes frequent contributions to Parliamentary deliberations on a wide range of subjects, including foreign affairs, the Islamic world, human rights, refugees and displaced people, poverty reduction, freedom of information, intellectual property, education, health and information technology.
Baroness Nicholson’s speeches and contributions in the House of Lords’ Chamber can be accessed at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/ldallfiles/peers/lord_hansard_2110_od.html
All-Party Parliamentary Groups
Baroness Nicholson is also active in a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, which are informal cross-party bodies run by and for Members of both Houses of Parliament – although many groups involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.
Baroness Nicholson is an officer of the following All-Party Parliamentary Groups:
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Foreign Affairs: Baroness Nicholson chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Foreign Affairs, which examines issues of United Kingdom foreign policy and the likely changes of achieving prosperity, security and prevention of conflict. This Group conducts frequent inquiries into various aspects of foreign policy, producing reports and stimulating wider debate amongst Parliamentarians. The most recent inquiry has been exploring British foreign policy, arising from the Secretary of State’s four speeches about the new direction that the Coalition Government is pursuing.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Economic Development in Iraq and the Region: Baroness Nicholson chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Economic Development in Iraq and the Region, which encourages and fosters the economic development of Iraq and its neighbours, with particular awareness of the significance of education and training.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking: Baroness Nicholson is a Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking, which raises awareness of the scale and effects of human trafficking into the United Kingdom and the European Union, seeking solutions to reduce supply and demand and improve the welfare provisions for victims.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on European Union Enlargement: Baroness Nicholson is Vice-Chairman of this Group, which develops relationships with parliamentarians in European Union accession and near neighbourhood countries, hosting meetings with ministers and delegations from those countries, and informing MPs and Peers on the situation in those countries.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Georgia: Baroness Nicholson is Vice-Chairman of this Group, which facilitates greater Parliamentary awareness of developments in Georgia.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Islamic Finance and Diversity in Financial Markets: Baroness Nicholson is Treasurer of this Group, which gives the Islamic finance industry a voice in Parliament, in order to address issues of concern, specifically, not but exclusively, to Sovereign Sukuk and positioning the United Kingdom as the European hub of Islamic financial services, and address other issues as they arise, such as inclusivity, diversity, Islamic LIBOR, regulation and taxation.
Baroness Nicholson is also a member of the following All-Party Parliamentary Groups:
- North Korea
- Trans-Atlantic and International Security
- Great Lakes Region of Africa
- United Nations
- Arab League
- United Arab Emirates
- Agriculture and Food Development
- Global Security and Non-Proliferation
- Women, Peace and Security
- Saudi Arabia
- Tackling Terrorism
- War Heritage
- The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
The Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups can be accessed at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/memi01.htm