Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week, bishops in the House of Lords took part in debates on the Government’s Social Action, Responsibility & Heroism Bill and asked questions on Higher Education, abortion and dog licensing. They also received written answers to questions on under-age marriage, violence against women, prostitution and drink-driving. In the House of Commons MPs congratulated Rev Libby Lane on her appointment as the new Bishop of Stockport. The Second Church Estates Commissioner also welcomed the introduction of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill by Government, aimed at expediting the arrival of the first female diocesan bishops to the House of Lords.
Parliament has now risen for the Christmas recess and will return on 5th January (Lords on the 6th).
Monday 15th December
The Archbishop of York, Most Rev & Rt Hon John Sentamu, took part in the Report Stage debate on the Government’s Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.
He also asked a supplementary oral question on Higher Education.
Tuesday 16th December
The Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, asked a humorous supplementary question during questions on fees for dog licensing.
Wednesday 17th December
In the House of Commons MPs welcomed the news of the appointment of the first female bishop in the Church of England.
In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, welcomed the introduction of the Government’s Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill.