Church of England Week in Westminster, 2nd-6th May 2016

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

This week bishops in the House of Lords asked questions on prison suicides, development support to Iraq and help for Afghan interpreters who had worked with the UK military. Bishops also spoke on disability benefit assessments and took part in votes on amendments to the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on Near Neighbours, same-sex marriage, Iraq, apprenticeships and ethical investment. MPs also held a debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector.

Entrance to New Robing RoomThe Bishop of Peterborough, Rt Revd Donald Allister, was on duty throughout the week, leading prayers in the Lords Chamber at the start of each sitting day.


Tuesday 3rd May

The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer to a question on development support to Iraq.

The Bishop of Peterborough asked Government about plans to reduce prison suicides.


Wednesday 4th May

The Bishop of Peterborough spoke in support of a motion on assessment criteria for disability benefit.

Bishops took part in votes on the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill.


Thursday 5th May

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on Near Neighbours, same-sex marriage, Iraq, apprenticeships and ethical investment. She also answered a written question on Near Neighbours.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question on help for Afghan interpreters who had worked with the UK military.

MPs held a debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector.