Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about Lords reform, defence capability, High Speed 2, humanitarian developments in the Middle East and North Africa, protection for dairy farmers and the sustainable development goals. They also asked questions on tax credit cuts, the UK food supply, dairy farmers, migration in Europe, Sunday trading and rural-urban classification.
In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on gravestones and monuments.
Monday 14th September
The Bishop of Portsmouth asked a question about the impact the proposed tax credit cuts would have on children.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about the sustainability of the United Kingdom’s food supply.
Tuesday 15th September
The Bishop of Lichfield made his farewell speech to the House during a debate on Lords reform.
The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke during a debate on the UK’s defence capability.
The Bishop of St Albans received answers to five written questions: on the threat to farmers of Mycoplasma Bovis, and on financial provisions for upland farmers
Wednesday 16th September
The Bishop of Chester asked a question on European migration rules. He also spoke in a debate on High Speed 2 rail proposals.
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on gravestones and monuments.
The Bishop of Derby spoke during a debate on the humanitarian impact of developments in the Middle East and North Africa.
Thursday 17th September
The Bishop of Sheffield spoke in a debate about the sustainable development goals and climate change.