Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week the Bishop of Gloucester gave her maiden speech in a Lords debate on International Women’s Day and the Bishop of Coventry led a debate on Syria. Bishops in the House of Lords spoke to and voted on amendments to the Government’s Immigration Bill and on Tax Credit Regulations. Bishops also spoke in debates on the BBC, the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, and a private member’s bill to regulate fixed odds betting terminals.. They asked questions on starter homes, the effects of UK withdrawal from the EU and the targeting of faith-based schools by campaign groups. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on the landfill community fund and took part in the debate on Sunday trading in the Government’s Enterprise Bill.
Monday 7th March
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about starter homes.
Tuesday 8th March
The Bishop of St Albans spoke to an amendment about rural housing during debate on the Housing and Planning Bill.
The Bishop of Coventry led a Lords debate on Syria.
Wednesday 9th March
The Bishop of Leeds received answers to written questions on the impact on UK nationals living abroad in the EU of UK withdrawal from the EU.
The Second Church Estates Commissioner spoke in the House of Commons debate on the Government’s plans for Sunday trading.
The Bishop of Durham asked a question about the targeting by campaign groups of faith-based schools. He also spoke in support of an amendment to the Immigration Bill to enable asylum seekers to work after 6 months. Both he and the Bishop of Chester voted on that and another amendment to the Bill.
Thursday 10th March
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question on the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Bishop of Leeds spoke in a short debate on the BBC.
Friday 11th March
The Bishop of St Albans supported a private member’s bill to regulate fixed odds betting terminals.