Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke during a debate on the Government’s proposals for military action against ISIL in Syria, on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and the Government’s strategic defence and security review. Bishops also asked questions on violence against UK Muslims, Iraq’s Camp Liberty and home schooling. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner spoke in the debate on action in Syria and answered questions on help from churches for Syrian refugees, vandalism of graves and the decision by Digital Cinema Media not to screen an advert by the Church of England.
Monday 30th November
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on home schooling.
The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer on Iraq’s Camp Liberty.
Tuesday 1st December
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about violence against Muslims and other minority groups following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Wednesday 2nd December
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Coventry spoke in the House of Lords debate on military action against ISIL in Syria. The Second Church Estates Commissioner spoke in the simultaneous debate in the House of Commons.
Thursday 3rd December
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about assistance for Syrian refugees from churches in Blackburn.