Church of England Week in Westminster 29th February – 4th March 2016

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

Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops in the House of Lords spoke to and voted on amendments to the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill and spoke in a debate on sustainable technology. They asked questions on refugees in Calais, Sudan, family reunification, affordable housing, Daesh, Iraqi refugees, Israel, and mental health and prisons. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on former bishop George Bell and spoke in a debate on the Churches Conservation Trust.

Monday 29th February

Bp Durham June 2015 bThe Bishop of Durham asked questions about the role of the church in Sudan and EU regulations for reuniting families.

Caroline SpelmanThe Bishop of Durham spoke and voted during the Report Stage of the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill. The Bishop of Portsmouth also spoke in the debate.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on former bishop George Bell and spoke during a debate on the Churches Conservation Trust.


 

Tuesday 1st March

Archbishop of CanterburyThe Bishop of St Albans asked a question about affordable housing.

The Archbishop of Canterbury asked a question on unaccompanied children in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp.


 

Wednesday 2nd March

BishSouthwarktaxcreditsThe Bishop of Southwark received written answers to questions on Daesh in Gaza and the West Bank, Iraqi refugees in Jordan and the building of a separation barrier by Israel.


 

Thursday 3rd March

Bishop St Albans June 2015The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about the impact of prison design on mental health and spoke in a debate about sustainable technology.