Church of England Week in Westminster, 2nd – 6th February 2015

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 growth of small businesses, universal credit and the Pension Schemes Bill. They also asked questions on the criminalisation of the purchase of sex, credit unions, social security benefits, ebola and responded to a Government Statement on the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Deregulation Bill.

The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, was introduced as a member of the House of Lords.

In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question on the consecration of bishops in the Church of England.

Monday 2nd February

Tony Baldry MPThe Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, received an answer to a written question on legislation relating to the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, answered a written question on the consecration of Bishops in the Church of England.

 

Tuesday 3rd February

The Bishop of St Albans asked a supplementary question on the Government’s plans for further reform of the law regarding credit unions.

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans also took part in a question for short debate on the growth of small businesses. He focussed his remarks on the need for adequate advice and funding for new small businesses and the role of community finance initiatives in the funding process.

Two bishops took part in divisions on the Government’s Deregulation Bill, during its Report Stage.

 

Wednesday 4th February

Archbishop of CanterburyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, asked a supplementary question on the Government’s recent progress on tackling Ebola in West Africa.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, responded to a CarlisleGovernment statement on the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

14.04.09 Portsmouth maiden speech 1The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Revd Christopher Foster, took part in a debate on the results of the Government’s review into the setting of universal credit conditionality when children are in distress.

The Bishop of St Albans received an answer to four written questions from the Department for Work and Pensions on social security benefits.

 

Thursday 5th February

Leeds Introduction 1The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, was introduced as a member of the House of Lords, sponsored by the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Carlisle.

The Archbishop of York, the Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu, took part Archbishop of Yorkin the Third Reading debate of the Government’s Pension Schemes Bill, focussing on the provision of pension guidance.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, took part in a division on the Government’s Deregulation Bill.

 

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