Church of England Week in Westminster 20th-24th July 2015

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

Westminster-abbeyIn the last week before Parliament rose for the summer recess, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in response to the Budget and on the Mediterranean migrant situation. They also asked questions on payday loan advertising, fixed odds betting terminals and the role of arts in education. Both the House of Commons and House of Lords will return in September.

Monday 20th July

House of Lords Division Lobby
House of Lords Division Lobby

Peers passed an amendment to the Government’s Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill co-sponsored by the Bishop of Rochester. The amendment specified conditions for charities on the disposal of assets, especially in relation to housing stock and Housing Associations. A press report of the debate is here.

Tuesday 21st July

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about advertising of payday loans to children.

01.04.14 Bishop of BirminghamThe Bishop of Birmingham spoke in a debate on the Budget. The Bishop of Peterborough also spoke in the debate.

Wednesday 22nd July

14.02 PeterboroughThe Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about the role of arts and humanities in education.

He also spoke in a debate on the relocation of Mediterranean migrants within the EU.

Thursday 23rd July

Bishop St Albans June 2015 The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to questions on gambling addiction and fixed odds betting terminals.