Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates on the Government’s Childcare Bill, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the role of the armed forces, transport in the north of England and regulation of the polling industry. Bishops also asked questions on violence against women, fuel poverty, gaming machines and advertising aimed at children. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs on church buildings, Christians in Iran, clergy wellbeing and the diversity of Synod.
Monday 15th June
The Bishop of St Albans received two written answers from Government to questions about the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Tuesday 16th June
The Bishop of Birmingham asked a question in the House about violence against women.
The Bishop of Durham spoke during the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Childcare Bill.
Wednesday 17th June
The Bishop of St Albans received a written reply to a question to Government about regulating advertising to children.
The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate highlighting transport, infrastructure and investment questions for the east Midlands and Derby diocesan area.
The Bishop of Southwark spoke in a debate on the defence budget, highlighting the need to resource conflict resolution and post-conflict stabilisation in Syria and other parts of the region.
Rt. Hon Caroline Spelman MP answered questions from MPs as Second Church Estates Commissioner, about improving the sustainability of church buildings, Christians in Iran, the wellbeing of clergy and the diversity of the General Synod of the Church of England.
Thursday 18th June
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question to Government on fuel bills and Fuel Direct.
The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate on the regulation of the opinion-polling industry.