Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.
This week bishops in the House of Lords led a debate on banking reform and spoke in debates on school admissions and civil society. Bishops also paid tribute to the departing Lord Speaker and asked questions on executive pay, children at the Calais refugee camp and pensions for UK nationals living abroad. Church Commissioner questions were answered on children in care and churches in Blackburn. Answers to questions tabled during the parliamentary recess on religious freedom in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh were also published.
The Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to the departing Lord Speaker and welcomed her successor.
The Archbishop of Canterbury asked a question about the situation of unaccompanied children in the Calais refugee camp.
The Bishop of St Albans asked an oral question about executive pay.
The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate about the importance to democracy of charities, trade unions and civil society.
The Bishop of St Albans also spoke in a debate about school admissions.
Friday 9th September
The Bishop of St Albans received answers to written questions on pensions for UK nationals living abroad.