Week in Westminster, 12th-16th December 2016

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

This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in a debate on the Government’s Digital Economy Bill and voted on amendments to the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill. Bishops asked questions about inter-faith relations, rural affordable housing, overseas students, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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


Monday 12th December

Bp Durham June 2015 bThe Bishop of Durham asked a question about food aid to Rwanda.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about inter-faith relations.

Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill.


Tuesday 13th December

14.02 PeterboroughThe Bishop of Durham asked a question about UK engagement with the President of Burundi.

The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about Chesterlearning.

The Bishop of Chester spoke during the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Digital Economy Bill.


winchester171116Wednesday 14th December

The Bishop of Winchester received written answers to questions on overseas students.


Thursday 15th December

St Albans 2The Bishop of Durham received answers to written questions on those removed to the Democratic Republic of Congo and relations between Rwanda and Burundi.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about support for rural affordable housing.