Week in Westminster, 3rd- 7th April 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords bishops supported amendments on tax transparency to the Government’s Criminal Finances Bill and on PSHE to the Children and Social Work Bill.  Bishops spoke in debates on eradicating diseases such as leprosy. Questions were asked about bereavement payments, rebuilding Syria, relationships support, prison suicides, in-work poverty, child poverty, the effect of gambling on children, Israel/Palestine and on hospital transport. Bishops also took part in votes on amendments to the Health Services Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill and on a regret motion to the Government’s Higher Education Regulations. The report was published of the House of Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS, on which the Bishop of Carlisle had served.

The Bishop of Peterborough was on duty throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 3rd April

The Bishop of Peterborough supported an amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill on tax transparency.

The Bishop of Worcester asked a question about the two-state solution for Israel/Palestine.

The Bishops of St Albans and Peterborough both spoke in a debate about prevention and treatment of tropical diseases such as leprosy.

The Bishop of St Albans received answers to written questions on prison suicides and on the impact on children of gambling.


Tuesday 4th April

The Archbishop of York asked a question about hospital transport waiting times.

The Bishop of Peterborough supported a Government amendment on PSHE to the Children and Social Work Bill.


Wednesday 5th April

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about relationships support.

The Bishop of Peterborough responded to a Government statement on Syria by asking about long term support for rebuilding.

Bishops took part in votes on amendments to the Health Services Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill and on a regret motion to the Government’s Higher Education Regulations.

The House of Lords Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS published its report. The Bishop of Carlisle had served on the Committee and welcomed the report.


Thursday 6th April

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question on in-work poverty.

The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about the impact of changes to bereavement payments for parents of children.


Friday 7th April

The Bishop of Portsmouth received three written answers from Government about levels of child poverty, the two-child limit and benefit support.