Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This 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
The Bishop of Ely asked a question about academy conversions and church land.
The Bishop of Bristol asked a question about airport expansion.
During 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
The Bishop of Coventry received answers to questions on the cost of air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
The 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.
Thursday 17th December
The 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.
The 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.