Church of England week in Westminster, 28th Nov – 2nd Dec 2016

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

This week the Archbishop of Canterbury led a debate in the House of Lords about shared national values and bishops spoke in debates on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, the UK’s future relationships with the EU and about online safety. Bishops also asked questions about benefit sanctions, supported housing, social rented housing, corporate governance and the relocation of Parliament. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions about veterans, war memorials, the Bishop of London and the Dean of Peterborough.

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

Caroline SpelmanMonday 28th November

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about the Bishop of London.


Tuesday 29th November

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions about the appointment of a Bishop of London and the retirement of the Dean of Peterborough.

Birmingham 171115The Bishop of Birmingham and the Bishop of Portsmouth both spoke in a debate on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about social rented housing and responded to a Government statement about corporate governance.

The Bishop of Chester asked a question about the relocation of Parliament.


Wednesday 30th November

Newcastle 2The Bishop of Newcastle asked Government to review the system of benefits sanctions.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, answered two written questions about the work of the Church to support veterans and construct war memorials.

The Bishop of Chester took part in votes on the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill.


StAlbans171115Thursday 1st December

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer regarding supported housing.

ChesterThe Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate about the UK’s future relationships with the EU. He also took part in a debate about online safety.


abcvalues2Friday 2nd December

gloucesterThe Archbishop of Canterbury led a debate on shared values underpinning UK society and public policy priorities. The Bishops of Ely and Gloucester spoke in the debate.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about church land in Peterborough.