Norman Warner, Baron Warner

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Warner
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Minister of State at the Department of Health
In office
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Personal details
Born (1940-09-08) 8 September 1940 (age 74)
Political party Labour

Norman Reginald Warner, Baron Warner, PC (born 8 September 1940[1]), is a Labour member of the House of Lords. He was created Baron Warner in 1998. A career civil servant from 1960, he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the Department of Health from 2003 to 2007, and a Minister of State at the Department of Health from 2005 to 2007. He has also been an adviser to a number of consulting companies.[2]


Following a career in the civil service in a variety of roles from 1960, he was Director of Social Services for Kent County Council between 1985 and 1991, and chair of the City and East London Family Services Authority 1991 to 1994.[1] He chaired the National Inquiry into Selection, Development and Management of Staff in Children's Homes in 1992.[1]

In 2010 Lord Warner declared he was a strategic advisor to PA Consulting Group, for "strategic advice relating to Middle East activities only".[3]

In 2008 he told the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee that he had "a contract with a particular part of DLA Piper concerned with infrastructure and public services and that requires me to give advice in those areas, including a bit of health regulation."[4] In 2009 he said he was "a paid adviser to the General Healthcare Group" as well as "the chairman of NHS London Development Agency".[5]

Political career[edit]

He was created a Life Peer 29 July 1998 taking the title Baron Warner, of Brockley in the London Borough of Lewisham,[6][7] and was Senior Policy Adviser to Home Secretary Jack Straw from 1997 to 1998.[1]

He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health from 2003 to 2005, and a Minister of State at the Department of Health from 2005 to 2007.[8] He was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2006,[9] and was sworn in on 19 July 2006.

In August 2010, Lord Warner was appointed by the Coalition Government as Chair of the Social Care Funding Commission, with a remit to study future funding arrangements for the elderly.

NHS controversy[edit]

In April 2013, Lord Warner announced he would vote with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in a key vote in the House of Lords on proposed NHS regulations that Labour claimed would enable companies to bid for almost all health services. He was the only Labour peer to do so. [10]

In March 2014, Warner wrote an article for the Guardian newspaper suggesting that NHS users should pay £10 a month and £20 for every night in hospital. [11] Labour swiftly rejected these ideas. Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed, commented: "This is not something Labour would ever consider. We believe in an NHS free at the point of use, and a Labour government will repeal David Cameron's NHS changes that put private profit before patient care." [12]

Lord Warner is a director of Sage Advice Ltd, and an adviser to Xansa (a technology firm) and Byotrol (an antimicrobial company) - all of which sell or are hoping to sell services or products to the NHS, according to website Social Investigations. [13] He also took up a position with Apax Partners – one of the leading private equity investors in healthcare, according to the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency. [14]

Other interests[edit]

He has also held the Chair of the Youth Justice Board, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the London Region Sports Board. In 2010, Warner was elected chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group.[15]

He is a member of the Advisory Council of Reform.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Debretts, The Rt Hon the Lord Warner
  2. ^ Laura Donnelly and Amy Willis, Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2009, Millions spent on NHS management consultants with Labour links
  3. ^ House of Lords, Register of Lords' Financial and Other Interests as at 18 June 2010
  4. ^ House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, 8 May 2008,Examination of Witnesses (Question Numbers 580-599), Public Administration Committee - Minutes of Evidence. Lobbying: Access and influence in Whitehall
  5. ^ Hansard, HL Deb, 6 May 2009, c656
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 5213. p. 8430. 3 August 1998.
  7. ^ House of Lords, 12 October 1998, Minutes and Order Paper - Minutes of Proceedings
  8. ^ a b, Lord Warner, accessed 23 April 2013
  9. ^ Number 10 press release announcing the appointment
  10. ^ The Guardian, 24 April 2013 [1]
  11. ^ The Guardian, 31 March 2014[2]
  12. ^ ITN News, 31 March 2014 [3]
  13. ^ Social Investigations [4]
  14. ^ Alliance for Lobbying Transparency [5]
  15. ^ "All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group". British Humanist Association. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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