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 Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, accident and emergency services, chancel repair liability, maternal and neonatal mortality, and the Assisted Dying Bill. They also asked questions on forced marriage, affordable housing in rural communities, citizenship programmes, Egypt, prostitution, the Somerset Rivers Authority and UK milk production.
Monday 12th January
During question time in the House of Lords, the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, asked a supplementary question on the safeguarding of village life.
The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, received an answer to a written question on forced marriage.
Tuesday 13th January
The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, spoke during the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. He focussed his remarks on how local communities can best respond to and prevent radicalisation.
The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Revd Jonathan Gledhill, asked a supplementary question on how to enhance the amount and quality of citizenship education in order to increase the democratic participation and engagement of young citizens.
Thursday 15th January
The Bishop of St Albans asked an oral question on the long-term sustainability of milk production in the United Kingdom. He also received answers to written questions on religious freedom in Egypt, the criminalisation of prostitution and the Somerset Rivers Authority.
The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, took part in two debates in the House of Lords – on the abolition of chancel repair liability, and maternal and neonatal mortality in the developing world.
Friday 16th January
A number of bishops took part in the Committee Stage of Lord Falconer of Thoroton’s Assisted Dying Bill. The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, spoke in support of amendments regarding the terminology used in the Bill and relationship between the patient and doctors involved in decisions relating to a terminal illness.. The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, also spoke during the debate on the first group of amendments.
Three bishops took part in two divisions of the House, on amendments that covered the terminology used in the Bill and the relationship between the patient and doctors involved in decisions relating to a terminal illness.