Church of England Week in Westminster, 24th-28th October 2016

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

Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops in the House of Lords asked questions about the safety of child refugees in Calais, exiting the EU, rural fuel poverty and the impact on schools of rising business rates on solar panels. Bishops spoke in debates on social mobility, anti-Semitism at universities and rural broadband. They also took part in debates and votes on the Government’s National Citizen Service Bill and Bus Services Bill.

 

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

 

Monday 24th October

Bristol160226 cThe Bishop of Portsmouth asked a question about the safety of child refugees in Calais.

The Bishop of Bristol asked a question in response to a Government statement on exiting the EU. He also took part in a vote on the Government’s Bus Services Bill.


portsmouth241016Tuesday 25th October

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about fuel poverty in rural areas.

The Bishop of Portsmouth welcomed the Government’s National Citizen Service Bill.


Thursday 27th October

St Albans 2The Bishop of Portsmouth asked a question about the effect on schools of rising business rates on small solar panels. He also took part in a debate on social mobility.

Bishop of WinchesterThe Bishop of St Albans took part in a debate on broadband provision in rural areas.

The Bishop of Winchester took part in a debate on anti-Semitism at universities.