Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke on the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill and Investigatory Powers Bill, the Carbon Budget and in debates on the wellbeing of children in Gaza and the impact of leaving the EU on UK agriculture. Questions were also asked about religious broadcasting and the BBC Charter, unaccompanied children in Calais, delays with single farm payments, rural housing and development on brownfield sites. Bishops also responded to a Government Statement about the political situation in Turkey. The new Bishop of Oxford took his seat in the Lords, following his translation from Sheffield. Parliament has now risen for the summer recess and will return on the 5th September.
The 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.
Monday 18th July
The Bishop of Southwark spoke during the Second Reading of ther Government’s Policing and Crime Bill
Tuesday 19th July
The Bishop of Oxford was reintroduced to the House of Lords, following his translation from Sheffield.
The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about the BBC Charter and religious broadcasting.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about affordable housing
The Bishop of Chester spoke during the Committe Stage of the Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill
Wednesday 20th July
The Bishop of Southwark responded to a Government statement about the political situation in Turkey
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about delays in single farm payments
The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about the welfare of unaccompanied children in the Calais Migrant Camp
The Bishop of Salisbury spoke during a debate to approve the new Carbon Budget
Thursday 21st July
The Bishop St Albans spoke in a debate about implications for UK agriculture as a result of the exit from the EU
Friday 22nd July
The Houses did not sit.