Church of England Week in Westminster 23rd – 27th May 2016

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

Westminster-abbeyThis 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.

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


CarlisleMonday 23rd May

The Bishop of Carlisle spoke in the debate on the Queen’s Speech on international, defence and development issues.


Tuesday 24th May

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about domestic violence in rural communities. He also spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate on extremism, British values and prison reform.Rochester

The Bishop of Rochester spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate on prison reform and the Bishop of St Albans spoke about human rights and human dignity.


Wednesday 25th May

Newcastle 2The 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.


SouthwarkThursday 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.