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 a debate on early years intervention and asked questions on climate change, Ukraine, FGM, air pollution and electricity imports. During prayers in the House, the Bishop of St Albans led Peers in a minute’s silence following the terrorist attacks in Paris. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner welcomed news that the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill will be debated by MPs on the 19th January.
Tuesday 6th January
During question time in the Lords the Bishop of St Albans asked a question of Government about action on air pollution to help those with asthma. He also received written answers to five questions of Government on steps being taken to tackle female genital mutilation.
A letter, co-signed by the Bishop of Birmingham and leaders of other faiths, was published in The Times calling on political leaders to make 2015 a year of action on development and climate change.
Wednesday 7th January
At question time the Bishop of St Albans asked an oral question of Government on the recent UN Climate Change Conference.
Thursday 8th January
During prayers in the House of Lords the Bishop of St Albans led the House in observing a minute’s silence following the terrorist attacks in Paris the previous day.
Peers debated a motion ‘that this House takes note of the case for early years intervention in breaking the cycle of deprivation and promoting social mobility’. The Bishop of St Albans spoke in the debate.
In the House of Commons the Leader of the House told MPs that the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill would have all stages debated in the Commons on the 19th January. The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, welcomed the news.