Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
In the first week back after the summer recess the bishops in the House of Lords spoke about child exploitation, debt management, civil partnerships, child mental health and benefit sanctions.
In the House of Commons Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, spoke in the debate on the Assisted Dying Bill and answered questions on metal theft, open churches, climate change and food banks.
Both Caroline Spelman and the Bishop of Peterborough joined other Members of Parliament in paying tribute to the Queen upon becoming the longest reigning monarch.
Monday 7th September
The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about preventing sexual exploitation of children.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about debt management advice
The Archbishop of Canterbury responded to the Prime Minister’s statement on the Syrian refugee situation.
Wednesday 9th September
The House of Commons and House of Lords paid tributes to the Queen on the occasion of her becoming our longest reigning monarch.
In the House of Commons Caroline Spelman gave the tribute .
In the House of Lords the Bishop of Peterborough also paid tribute .
The Bishop of Chester asked the Government for clarification on civil partnerships and inheritance tax
Thursday 10th September
The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about benefits sanctions.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about difference in health outcomes of children in rural areas.
The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Caroline Spelman, answered Oral Questions in the House of Commons on climate change and open and sustainable churches. She also answered five written questions about churches in Blackburn Diocese, metal theft and food banks.
Caroline Spelman also asked a question about churches and rural broadband
Friday 11th September
Caroline Spelman spoke in the debate on the Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Commons.