Week in Westminster, 9th-13th January 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords bishops hosted a debate on armed forces welfare, sponsored an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill, and spoke in debates about the armed forces, the north of England and the situation of the Rohingya Muslim people in Burma. They also asked questions about underage online gambling, the situation of UK and EU nationals after Brexit and the safety of people returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about churchyard biodiversity in the Blackburn Diocese.

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


portsmouth241016Monday 9th January

The Bishop of Portsmouth hosted a debate about armed forces welfare.

Bp Durham June 2015 bThe Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question about the safety of those returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo.


 

Caroline SpelmanTuesday 10th January

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about churchyard biodiversity in the Diocese of Blackburn.


Leeds160620Wednesday 11th January

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about the situation of EU nationals in the UK and UK nationals in the EU after Brexit.

birmingham-211016cThe Bishop of Birmingham introduced an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill on diversity of institutions.


St Albans 2Thursday 12th January

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about tackling underage gambling online and also spoke in a debate about the Rohingya Muslim people in Burma.

Archbishop of YorkThe Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Leeds spoke in a debate on the IPPR report on the state of the north.

 

The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke in a debate about the armed forces.