Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke and voted on amendments to the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill and Energy Bill. They also supported an amendment to the Immigration Bill on lone child refugees. Bishops spoke in response to the Government’s statement on Hillsborough and in a debate on the rural economy. A bishop tabled and asked a question about the impact on rural areas of small schools becoming academies, whilst others asked questions on prisoners at risk of suicide, Iraq, Daesh, drones, and the future of Bradford’s National Media Museum.
The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, was on duty throughout the week, leading prayers in the Lords Chamber at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 25th April
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on support for prisoners at risk of suicide.
The Bishop of Leeds asked Government about the future of Bradford’s National Media Museum. He also spoke in support of an amendment on affordable housing to the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill, which had been co-sponsored by the Bishop of St Albans, and took part in subsequent votes on the Bill.
Tuesday 26th April
The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer to a question on humanitarian aid to Iraq.
The Bishop of Leeds received answers to two written questions about support to victims of Daesh and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s committees on genocide and mass graves. he also took part in a vote on an amendment to the Government’s Energy Bill and spoke and voted, alongside the Bishop of Durham, on amendments to the Government’s Immigration Bill, including relating to unaccompanied child refugees.
Wednesday 27th April
The Bishop of Bristol received a written answer to a question on whether the Government will regulate the private drone market in the UK.
The Bishop of Leeds spoke in response to the Government’s statement on Hillsborough. He also received a written answer to a question about whether the Iraqi government will ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Thursday 28th April
The Bishop of St Albans asked an oral question he had tabled on the challenges facing rural schools in conversion to academy status.