Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke about the response to the attacks in Tunisia, global challenges facing the UK and mental health care for children and young people. They also asked questions on funding to help deaf people find work, climate finance, the constitution and rural rail lines. Bishops also took part in debates in committee on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about Commissioner land in Peterborough.
Monday 29th June
The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, responded to a written question from Stewart Jackson MP about Commissioner land sites in Peterborough.
Tuesday 30th June
The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate about mental health care for children and young people.
In the committee stage of the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill, the Bishop of St Albans and the Bishop of Peterborough spoke in support of amendments to strengthen measures to tackle supply of drugs in prison and to children.
The Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer on the Government’s future climate finance plans.
Thursday 2nd July
The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about plans to consult the public about constitutional changes. He also received a written answer to a question to Government about reopening rural rail lines.
The Bishop of Worcester took part in a debate on the global challenges facing the UK.