Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords sponsored, spoke to and voted on amendments to the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, Immigration Bill and Trade Union Bill. Bishops also spoke in debates on renewable energy, maternal care and Israel/Palestine. They asked questions on fixed odds betting terminals, reception of unaccompanied migrant children, the effects of UK withdrawal from the EU, credit unions and preventing child abuse. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on mission in deprived areas, helping ex-offenders into work, sustainable energy, women’s leadership in the church and the contribution of cathedrals to cultural and economic life.
Monday 14th March
The Bishop of Leeds received written answers to questions about the implications for UK citizens overseas if the UK should decide to leave the EU.
The Bishop of Durham asked a question about tackling child sexual abuse.
Tuesday 15th March
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question on the social impact of fixed odds betting terminals.
Wednesday 16th March
The Bishop of Durham asked a question on unaccompanied refugee children.
The Bishop of Chester voted in a Division on the Trade Union Bill.
Thursday 17th March
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions in the House of Commons from MPs on a variety of topics.