In 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
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.
Wednesday 22nd July
The 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
The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to questions on gambling addiction and fixed odds betting terminals.