Church of England Week in Westminster, 17th – 21st November 2014

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops spoke in debates about the Modern Slavery Bill, the Azure Card and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also took part in divisions on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about the regulation of cold calling, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, local authority welfare spending, the Istanbul Convention, adoption services and visa applications from the Commonwealth.


Monday 17th November

The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, asked a question about the regulation of cold calling by payday loan companies.

DerbyThe Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, took part in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill. He welcomed the progress that had been made in bringing the Bill to its current form. He noted that concerns about the commodification of humans through slavery required further thinking on supply chain accounting and other aspects of the legislation, and also raised questions about how best the vicitms of trafficking and slavery could be supported by the state.

14.06.12 Bishop of NorwichThe Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, received an answer to a written question on the powers of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.


Tuesday 18th November

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans asked a question about the ringfencing of local authority welfare spending. He also received a written answer to a question on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd John Inge, asked a question about the Government’s role in supporting adoption services and challenging negative perceptions around adoption.


Wednesday 19th November

WorcesterThe Bishop of Worcester asked a question about the simplification of visa applications for visitors from Commonwealth countries.

A number of bishops took part in divisons on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.


Thursday 20th November

The Bishop of Worcester took part in a debate on the Azure card, calling on the Government to review how it support asylum seeker applicants during their application process. Worcester

The Bishop of Worcester also took part in a debate on the United National Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its application for the online and digital activities of children.

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