Chris is active in the Lords. His contributions cover a number of policy areas including: digital infrastructure and new technologies, employment, skills, sports, culture, transport and disability and inclusion.

Spoken contributions

Select Committees

Chris has co-authored several House of Lords Select Committee reports:

Democracy and Digital Technologies Select Committee, 2019-2020

Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Select Committee, 2018-2019

Artificial Intelligence Select Committee, 2017-2018

Financial Exclusion Select Committee, 2016-2017

Social Mobility Select Committee, 2015-2016

Digital Skills Select Committee, 2014-2015

All-Party Parliamentary Groups

Chris is Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on FinTech, which was set up to raise awareness in Parliament of the growing importance of Financial Technology (FinTech) to the UK economy, to policy-making and to consumers. It aims to promote a regulatory framework that encourages a growing, inclusive and competitive FinTech industry, and seeks to investigate the potential applications of FinTech including peer-to-peer lending, crowdfunding, digital currencies, internet banking etc.

Chris is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, which was founded in 1994 by MPs and Peers to establish a dialogue between parliamentarians and university leaders on the issues concerning higher education. The University APPG’s objective is to be the main avenue of communication between parliamentarians and vice-chancellors of the UK’s universities; and to provide an opportunity to examine issues affecting the country’s university sector and university research which is influencing public policy and higher level skills.

Peers in Schools

The Peers in Schools Programme is part of the House of Lords outreach work, which aims to raise awareness of the Lords and encourage people to get involved in its work. Chris undertakes many visits to schools around the UK to talk to them about his work in the House of Lords and the House of Lords more generally. To arrange a visit from a House of Lords member to your school or sixth form college, contact the Lord Speaker’s office on 020 7219 6444 or email