Church of England Week in Westminster 14th -18th December 2015

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

cropped-palace_of_westminster_london_-_feb_2007.jpgThis week bishops in the House of Lords spoke to amendments to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill and Education and Adoption Bill and spoke in debates on the Paris climate change agreement and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bishops also asked questions on Sunday trading, academy conversions, airport expansion, learning disabilities, Syrian refugees, the cost of military action in Iraq and Syria, and freedom of religion in Iraq. Bishops also took part in votes on the EU Referendum Bill and the Education and Adoption Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Syrian refugees, fossil fuel investments and the welfare of hedgehogs. She also tabled a Bill to reform marriage registration certificates, including the addition of mothers’ names.

Monday 14th December

ChesterThe Bishop of Chester asked a question on Sunday trading and took part in a vote on the Government’s EU Referendum Bill.

The Bishop of Ely asked a question about academy conversions and church land.

The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about airport expansion.

Bp Durham June 2015 bDuring Committee stage on the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill, the Bishop of St Albans supported amendments on the disability employment gap and the Bishop of Durham supported amendments on reporting on apprenticeships


 

Tuesday 15th December

Bp Coventry May 2015The Bishop of Coventry received answers to questions on the cost of air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

14.02 PeterboroughThe Bishop of Peterborough asked a question on treatment of those with learning disabilities.

The Bishop of Salisbury responded to the Government statement on climate change and the Paris agreement.


 

Wednesday 16th December 

The Bishop of Coventry received answers to written questions on freedom of religion and belief in Iraq.

14.10.16 Bishop of Ely 1The Bishop of Ely spoke during debate on amendments to the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill. Bishops also took part in votes on the Bill.


 

Thursday 17th December

Caroline SpelmanThe Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on Syrian refugees, fossil fuels investments and the welfare of hedgehogs. She also tabled a Private Member’s Bill on marriage registration.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question on private sponsorship routes for Syrian refugees.

Bp Salisbury 2The Bishop of Salisbury spoke in a debate on the Paris climate change agreement.

The Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate on the National Lottery.