Church of England Week in Westminster 2nd-6th November 2015

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

cropped-palace_of_westminster_london_-_feb_2007.jpgThis week bishops led a debate on the impact of pornography on society and spoke on the need to support the steel industry. Bishops also asked questions on counter extremism, Universal Credit claimants, support payments to farmers, rural exceptions from the under-occupancy charge and support for interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on women bishops, funeral poverty, the tribunal case of Jeremy Pemberton, the Church’s carbon footprint and a memorial day for civilian casualties of the Second World War. 


Monday 2nd November


Bishop of St AlbansThe Bishop of St Albans asked the Government about the impact of the proposed two-child limit for new Universal Credit claimants.


Tuesday 3rd November


The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question about the timing of the government’s agri-environment payments and asked the Government about exemptions to the under-occupancy charge for those in social housing in rural areas.


14.03.27 Bishop of SheffieldThe Bishop of Sheffield spoke in a debate about the electricity system to stress the importance of supporting the steel industry whilst adhering to our climate change obligations.


Wednesday 4th November


13.10 Bishop of CoventryThe Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question about support for the King Adbdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna.


Thursday 5th November

Spelman CCQs June 2015 2The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered oral questions in the House of Commons on women bishops, funeral poverty, the tribunal case of Jeremy Pemberton, the Church’s carbon footprint and a memorial day for civilian casualties of the Second World War.


The Bishop of Sheffield asked Government about its counter-extremism strategy.

ChesterThe Bishop of Chester hosted a debate in the House of Lords “That this House takes note of the impact of pornography on society.” The Bishop of Bristol also spoke in the debate.