Week in Westminster, 20th-24th February 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill and gave support to the Homelessness Reduction Bill. They also spoke and voted on amendments to the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Bill and Digital Economy Bill. Bishops spoke in a debate on bereavement support payments and asked questions about indeterminate prison sentences, mental health, air pollution, protests in West Papua, rail services, the benefit cap, development aid, Burma and Iraq. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a questions on security.

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

southwark-20feb17Monday 20th February

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about indeterminate prison sentences and spoke in the two-day debate on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

ElyThe Bishop of Ely asked a question about education for young people accessing mental health services.

13.10 Bishop of CoventryThe Bishop of Coventry received written answers to questions on the situation in Iraq.

Caroline SpelmanThe Bishop of St Albans received a written answer about Burma.

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question about office security and the Church Commissioners.

Tuesday 21st February

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about West Papuans being arrested for peaceful demonstrations.

stalbans190117The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled, on air pollution in cities and also spoke in a debate on bereavement support payments.

Wednesday 22nd February

leeds-20117The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about development aid.

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about the impact of the benefit cap on single parents.

Three bishops took part in votes on the Digital Economy Bill.

Thursday 23rd February

ChesterThe Bishop of Chester asked a question on rail services.

york-170117-cThe Archbishop of York spoke to amendments on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill on new towns and planning regulations. He also took part in a vote on the Bill.

Friday 24th February

RochesterThe Bishop of Rochester and the Bishop of Southwark both spoke in support of the Homelessness Reduction Bill.