Week in Westminster, 6th-10th March 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the Criminal Finances Bill and proposed, spoke and voted on amendments to the  Higher Education and Research Bill. Bishops also spoke in debates on assisted suicide, and a Private Member’s bill on ratifying the Istanbul Convention on gender based violence.They asked questions about Vauxhall-Opel, food banks, unaccompanied child refugees, gender-based violence, fly-tipping, humanitarian aid and minorities returning to Iraq.

The Bishop of Oxford was on duty throughout the week, leading prayers in the Lords Chamber at the start of each sitting day.

 

Monday 6th March

The Bishop of Oxford spoke in support of an amendment on needs of disabled students in the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill.

The Bishop of Chester responded to a Government statement on the acquisition of Vauxhall-Opel.

The Bishop of Worcester spoke in a short debate on assisted suicide legislation.


Tuesday 7th March

The Bishop of Durham received written answers to three questions on support for unaccompanied child refugees.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York (twice) and the Bishop of Chester all spoke to amendments to the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. They and other bishops also took part in votes on the Bill, on a second referendum, on parliamentary approval of the Brexit deal and on whether the Bill should pass.


Wednesday 8th March

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about gender based violence.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled on action against fly-tipping.

The Bishop of Oxford successfully moved an amendment on behalf of the Bishop of Winchester to the Higher Education and Research Bill, about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s degree awarding powers.


Thursday 9th March

The Bishop of Coventry asked a question he had tabled about help for minority people in Iraq to return home.

The Bishop of Oxford asked Government about the link between benefit delays and food bank use. He also spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Criminal Finances Bill, welcoming the Bill.


Friday 10th March

The Bishop of Coventry received answers to written questions on funding for faith-based organisations undertaking humanitarian work in Iraq.

The Bishop of St Albans spoke during the Second Reading debate on the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill, supporting the Bill.