Church of England Week in Westminster, 23rd – 27th 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 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations, the Modern Slavery Bill, the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill and a debate on improvements to mental health services.

The Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill received its Committee stage. No amendments were proposed by Peers, and the Bill will now proceed to its Third Reading.

The bishops also asked questions on Syrian refugees, Broadband access for rural schools, victims of violence detained at Yarl’s Wood, freedom of religion in India, Gaza, library closures and security in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Bishops took part in divisions on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations, the Modern Slavery Bill and International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill.

Monday 23 February

Southwark 2The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received answers to three written questions on the situation in Gaza.

13.10 Bishop of Coventry

The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, received answers to three written questions on the subject of freedom of religion in India.

Tuesday 24 February

14.06.09 Bishop of CarlisleThe Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome asked a question about victims of violence detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre

The Bishop of Carlisle also spoke during the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015. Six bishops took part in the division on Lord Deben’s amendment to the regulations.

Wednesday 25 February

14.06.09 Bishop of CarlisleThe Bishop of Carlisle called for improved broadband access in rural schools.

The Bishop of Carlisle also co-sponsored an amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill which sought to provide additional protections for overseas domestic workers at risk of exploitation.

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, spoke a debate on mental health provision about the need to address the risk of suicide amongst young people suffering from mental health issues.

 

 

Thursday 26 February

Archbishop of CanterburyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, asked a supplementary question to Lord Hylton’s question on what measures they and the host states are planning to prevent Syrian refugees becoming permanent residents in those states.

Bishop of DerbyThe Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Alastair Redfern, tabled an amendment to the Government’s Modern Slavery Bill. The amendment sought to strengthen and improve the resources of enforcement agencies who may be required to deal with groups engaged in modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Bishop of Derby also spoke in favour of a group of amendments to the Modern Slavery Bill relating to the transparency of supply chains. A number of divisions took place on the Modern Slavery Bill.

WorcesterThe Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd John Inge, received answers to two written questions, on the subject of security in Russia and Eastern Europe.

 

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith, received an answer to a written question on library closures in the UK.

 

Friday 27 February

Two bishops took part in divisions on the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill. The Bill subsequently completed its Report Stage.

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