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
Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Gloucester, was introduced to the House of Lords.
The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke during the Second Reading of the Government’s Bank of England and Financial Services Bill.
Tuesday 27th October
The 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.
The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question about the UK’s commercial relationship with Saudi Arabia.
The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about support for Syrian refugees.
Wednesday 28th October
The 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
The 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.