Church of England Week in Westminster 8th -12th June 2015

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

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This week bishops in the House of Lords led a debate on the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter for the 2015 General Election, spoke on the Government’s Cities & Local Government Devolution Bill and in a debate on empowering women in the developing world.  Bishops also asked questions on right to buy and religious freedom in Saudi Arabia. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on female and LGBT clergy numbers, and asked a question about bats in churches. The Archbishop of Canterbury preached the sermon at the service to mark the opening of the new Parliament.


Monday 8th June

Bishop of DerbyThe Bishop of Derby spoke during the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner replied to two written parliamentary questions, on women and LGBT clergy.


Tuesday 9th June

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached a sermon at the service to mark the opening of the new Parliament.

The Bishop of Rochester asked Government about right to buy and rural housing.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner received a reply to a question of DEFRA about bats in churches.


Thursday 11th June

Bishop St Albans June 2015The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about religious freedom in Saudi Arabia.

The Bishop of St Albans also led a debate on civil society, the common good and the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Letter for the 2015 General Election. The Bishop of Rochester also spoke in the same debate.

The Bishop of Derby took part in a debate on empowering women in the developing world.