Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords responded to the Prime Minister’s statement on Syria and military action and spoke on freedom of speech in universities, community relations and counter-terrorism, and the impact of loneliness on health and well-being. Questions were asked about the Government’s defence review, support for rural small businesses and food banks. The Bishop of Chelmsford raised in the House the decision by Digital Cinema Media not to screen an advert by the Church of England.
Monday 23rd November
The Bishop of Leeds responded to the Government’s statement on the Defence and Security Review.
Tuesday 24th November
The Bishop of St Albans asked about support for rural small businesses.
Wednesday 25th November
The Bishop of Chelmsford asked a question he had tabled on the decision of Digital Cinema Media not to screen an advert from the Church of England.
Thursday 26th November
The Bishop of Ely spoke in a debate on freedom of speech at universities.
The Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate about counter-terrorism and community cohesion.
The Bishop of Bristol spoke in a debate about public health, highlighting the impact of loneliness and isolation.