Church of England Week in Westminster 15th-19th December 2014

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

Westminster-abbeyThis 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

Archbishop of YorkThe 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

 T14.03 Bishop of Chesterhe Bishop of Chester, Rt Revd Peter Forster, asked a humorous supplementary question during questions on fees for dog licensing.

The Bishop of St Albans, Rt Rev Alan Smith, received written answers to questions on underage marriage and sex-selective abortion.

 Wednesday 17th December

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans, Rt Rev Alan Smith, received written answers to questions on violence against women, prostitution and drink-driving.

In the House of Commons MPs welcomed the news of the appointment of the first female bishop in the Church of England.

 

Thursday 18th December14.01 CCQ Baldry

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.