Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke on the bishops’ letter to the prime minister on refugees, the role of church schools, Article 18 religious freedom, end of life care, armed forces reservists and prostitution. Questions were put to Government on the minimum wage, benefits, young people’s mental health, steel plant job losses and gangmasters licensing.
Monday 19th October
The Bishop of St Albans asked the Government about the impact of the living wage on small businesses.
The Bishop of Southwark made a short statement about the recent letter to the Prime Minister on refugees from 84 bishops of the Church of England.
The Bishops of Truro and Portsmouth received written answers to questions on short term benefit advances.
Tuesday 20th October
The Bishop of St Albans asked the Government about mental health services for young people in care.
The Bishop of Durham asked Government about the impact of steel plant job losses on apprentices.
The Bishop of Ely spoke about the work of church schools in character education, during debate on the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill.
Wednesday 21st October
The Bishop of Derby received written answers to questions he asked the Government regarding gangmasters licensing.
Thursday 22nd October
The Bishop of Coventry spoke in a debate on Article 18 religious freedoms, on religion and national identity / loyalty.
The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke in a debate about armed forces reservists.
Friday 23rd October
The Bishop of Carlisle spoke in the Second Reading debate on the Access to Palliative Care Private Members’ Bill, supporting the Bill.
The Bishop of Derby spoke in the Second Reading debate on the Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) Bill.