Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week the formal debate on the Queen’s Speech continued in the House of Lords, with bishops speaking on the themes of defence, international affairs, the economy, life chances, prison reform, counter-extremism, British values and human rights. The Bishop of Newcastle made her maiden speech to the House during the debate. Bishops also spoke in a debate on special educational needs provision and asked questions on domestic violence and the detention of pregnant women. The House rose for the Whitsun recess and will return on 6th June.
Monday 23rd May
The Bishop of Carlisle spoke in the debate on the Queen’s Speech on international, defence and development issues.
Tuesday 24th May
Wednesday 25th May
The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about the detention of pregnant women under the Immigration Act.
The Bishop of Newcastle made her maiden speech to the House during the Queen’s Speech debate, on the economy and the north east.
The Bishop of Portsmouth also spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate, on the economy, welfare and life chances.
Thursday 26th May
The Bishop of Southwark spoke in a debate on special educational needs provision.
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about the Church of England’s engagement with Credit Unions.