Church of England Week in Westminster 26th-30th October 2015

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.Westminster

This week, Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Gloucester, was introduced to the House of Lords. Bishops spoke and voted on Government proposals for tax credits, support for credit unions, young people in the criminal justice system and help for those seeking refuge from Syria.  Bishops also asked questions on Syrian refugees, Saudi Arabia and benefit fraud. In the House of Commons, Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on church support for credit unions land for housing development.

Monday 26th October


BGintro2Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Gloucester, was introduced to the House of Lords.


ABYtaxcreditsdebateThe Bishops of Portsmouth and Southwark and the Archbishop of York spoke in the Lords debate on the Government’s tax credit regulations. A number of Lords Spiritual also voted on the proposals.


BishPortsspeechtaxcreditsThe Bishop of Portsmouth spoke during the Second Reading of the Government’s Bank of England and Financial Services Bill.


Tuesday 27th October


Caroline SpelmanThe Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, answered a written question about land for housing development near Peterborough.


The Bishop of Derby received written answers from Government to questions on benefit fraud.


Bp Coventry May 2015The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question about the UK’s commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia.


Bishop of Bristol June 2015The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about support for Syrian refugees.


Wednesday 28th October

Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishops of St Albans and Coventry received written answers to questions of Government on religious freedom in Saudi Arabia and its use of the death penalty.


The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question on the church’s work in promoting credit unions.


Thursday 29th October

Bp Southwark May 2015The Bishop of Southwark spoke in a debate on the Syrian refugee crisis.


The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke in a debate on young people in the criminal justice system.


Friday 30th October


The Bishop of Coventry received an answer to a written question on Saudi Arabia and religious freedom.