Week in Westminster, 16-20th January 2017

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

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about populism and nationalism, supported the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Bill and moved an amendment on support for disabled students to the Higher Education and Research Bill. They also asked questions about fair trade, the impact of Brexit on asylum seekers and tackling self-harm by young people. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on Israel/Palestine, human trafficking, prisons, social media, low carbon economy, tourism and lead theft. She also answered written questions on church window repairs and measures to tackle indebtedness.

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.


 

Tuesday 17th January

york-170117The Archbishop of York asked a question about fair trade. He also asked a question about the impact on asylum seekers of withdrawal from the EU and spoke in support of the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Bill.


portsmouth-180117Wednesday 18th January

The Bishop of Portsmouth moved an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill about help for students with disabilities.


Thursday 19th January

 

spelman-190117The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs in the House of Commons on Israel/Palestine, human trafficking, prisons, social media, low carbon economy, tourism and lead theft. She also answered written questions on church window repairs and measures to tackle indebtedness.

stalbans190117The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about self-harm by young people.

leeds-20117The Bishop of Derby and the Bishop of Leeds spoke in a debate about the rise of populism and nationalism and its challenges for the liberal international order.