Church of England Week in Westminster, 1st – 5th February 2016

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 on the Government’s Immigration Bill and in debates on education and renewable energy. Bishops also asked questions on extremism and offence, fixed odds betting terminals, Palestinian statehood and house building on floodplains.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on the Queen’s 90th birthday, street pastors, ethical investments, women and BME clergy, credit unions, churches and community use and debt and poverty counselling.


Monday 1st February

BishSouthwarktaxcreditsThe Bishop of Norwich asked a question on Palestinian statehood.

The Bishop of Southwark spoke during the committee stage of the Government’s Immigration Bill.


Tuesday 2nd February

Bp Salisbury 2The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on fixed odds betting terminals.

The Bishop of Salisbury spoke and voted on a motion to annul Regulations on renewable energy feed in tariffs.


Wednesday 3rd February

Archbishop of CanterburyThe Archbishop of Canterbury asked an oral question on extremism and offence.

14.06.12 Bishop of NorwichThe Bishop of Norwich spoke to amendments on the Government’s Immigration Bill, on the welfare of children, asylum support cuts, unaccompanied young people and care leavers, and family reunion.


Thursday 4th February

The Bishop of St Albans received an answer to a question on building homes on floodplains.

Caroline SpelmanThe Second Church Estates Commissioner published a written answer to a question on church buildings and community use. She also answered questions in the House of Commons on the Queen’s 90th Birthday, street pastors, ethical investments and tax avoidance, women and BME clergy and credit unions.

The Bishop of Norwich spoke in a debate on education.


Friday 5th February

The Second Church Estates Commissioner published a written answer to a question on work with debt and poverty campaign groups in Blackburn diocese.