Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke on apprenticeships, the EU referendum, child trafficking and air pollution. A bishop also led a debate on rural housing and right to buy. Questions were put to Government on benefit fraud and short term benefit advances, and human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Monday 12th October
The Bishop of London spoke in the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Enterprise Bill, to highlight the importance of apprenticeships.
Tuesday 13th October
The Bishop of Coventry received written answers to questions on the use of crucifixion as criminal punishment in Saudi Arabia and the case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.
The Bishop of Bristol also received answers to two written questions of Government on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
The Bishop of London spoke in the debate on the EU Referendum Bill.
Thursday 15th October
The Bishop of Truro received a written answer to a question on short term benefit advances.
The Bishop of Derby asked a question on child trafficking and spoke in a debate on apprenticeships and employer academies. He also received answers to three written questions on how Jobcentre Plus deals with benefit fraud.
The Bishop of London asked a question on air pollution in the capital.
The Bishop of St Albans led a debate to ask the Government “how they plan to deliver a sustainable supply of affordable housing in rural communities, particularly in the light of the planned extension of the Right to Buy scheme.”