Church of England Week in Westminster 13th-17th July 2015

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

ABC Lords 160715This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about religious freedom, the BBC, and shared British values. The Bishop of St Albans led a debate on sustainability of rural communities. Bishops also spoke and voted on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill, the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and on universal credit regulations and took part in debates on Private Member’s Bills on accessible sports grounds, online safety and a constitutional convention. The Bishop of Leicester, former Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, gave his final speech to the Lords before his retirement this summer. 

Monday 13th July

14.04.09 Portsmouth maiden speech 1The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke on an amendment to the Government’s universal credit regulations and took part in the subsequent vote.

The Bishops of Chester and Carlisle took part in three votes on the Government’s Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill.


Tuesday 14th July

14.06.12 Bishop of NorwichThe Bishop of Norwich spoke during a short debate on the future of the BBC.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishops of Bristol and Norwich took part in votes on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill. The Bishop of Bristol spoke in support of an amendment to the Bill about child protection.


Thursday 16th July

The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate on shared British values.

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans led a debate on the sustainability of rural communities.

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in a debate on religious freedom.

LeicesterThe Bishop of Leicester spoke in the same debate – his final speech to the House of Lords before retirement.


Friday 17th July

The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke during the Second Reading debate of Lord Faulkner of Worcester’s Accessible Sports Grounds Bill.

The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke in the Second Reading debate of Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill. The Bishop of Chester also spoke in the debate.

Southwark 1The Bishop of Southwark spoke in the Second Reading debate of Lord Purvis’ Constitutional Convention Bill.