Church of England Week in Westminster 22nd-26th June 2015

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

Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops in the House of Lords asked questions on the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change, Christians in Iraq, palliative care chaplaincy, relationship support, social media, mental health, GPs and wind turbine subsidies. They also spoke about child hunger during school holidays and on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, spoke during a debate on the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill and answered questions on church buildings and solar power.

Monday 22nd June

Caroline SpelmanThe Second Church Estates Commissioner spoke in the Commons during a debate on the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill and answered two written questions relating to solar power on church buildings and community energy generation.

The Bishop of Chester asked questions about the administrative burden on GPs and on subsidies for wind turbines.

The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about funding for relationships support.


Tuesday 23rd June

The Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer from Government that welcomed the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change and the role of churches and faith communities.

Bishop of Bristol June 2015The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about chaplaincy and palliative care and also spoke briefly during the Committee stage of the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill.

The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about the impact of social media on young people’s mental health.


Wednesday 24th June

Bp Coventry May 2015The Bishop of Coventry received two written answers on political reconciliation and post-conflict work in Iraq.

The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about mental health awareness training for prison staff.


Thursday 25th June

The Bishop of Coventry received two written answers on the situation of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq, and post-conflict and reconciliation work.

Bp Durham June 2015 bThe Bishop of Durham asked a question about child hunger during school holidays.