Week in Westminster, 19th-23rd December 2016


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

The House of Lords sat for three days before rising for the Christmas recess. In the Lords bishops spoke in debates about social mobility, press regulation and Universal Credit. They also asked questions about the Prevent strategy, prison safety and homelessness and received written answers about Syrian refugees and visa applications from Iraq and Syria.

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


St Albans 2Tuesday 20th December

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about the implementation of the Government’s Prevent strategy.

14.06.10 Bishop of Durham 5The Bishop of Durham spoke in a debate about the importance of tackling child poverty. He also received a written answer about the resettlement of Syrian refugees

Chelmsford 251115The Bishop of Chelmsford spoke in a debate on press regulation.


Wednesday 21st December

RochesterThe Bishop of Rochester asked a topical question about safety & security in prisons, following disturbances at HMP Birmingham

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about tackling homelessness

Bp Coventry May 2015The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate about progress being made in rolling out Universal Credit

The Bishop of Coventry received written answers to questions about visa applications from Iraq and Syria, including the refusal of visas to Archbishops.


Parliament will return from its Christmas Recess on the 9th January 2017