Week in Westminster 26th-30th June 2017

Welcome to our weekly round up of activity in Parliament. This week eight bishops spoke during the four days of debate on the Queen’s Speech, raising issues about Brexit, mental health, character education, vulnerable young people, poverty, domestic violence, farming, the Northern Powerhouse and industrial strategy. The Bishop of St Albans’ Marriage Registration Bill was introduced and had its first reading. Bishops also asked questions about North Korea, Syrian refugees, Gaza and religious freedom in Indonesia. A bishop responded to a Government statement on the Grenfell Tower fire.

 

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

 

Monday 26th June

The Bishop of Peterborough asked a question about human rights abuses in North Korea.

The Bishop of Durham spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate, on the northern economy. He also highlighted the positive response of faith communities to the Grenfell Tower fire.

 

The Bishop of St Albans spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate about farming, fishing and the environment.

 

The Bishop of Portsmouth also spoke in the debate, calling on Government to be more ambitious in its plans.


 

Tuesday 27th June

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about the UK Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme. he also spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate about the response to recent tragedies and the need for more resource for emergency services and prisons.

The Bishop of Bristol also spoke in the debate, on mental health, domestic violence and prisons.


 

Wednesday 28th June

The Archbishop of York spoke in the debate on the Queen’s Speech, on exiting the EU. He also voted on a motion to regret the Queen’s Speech.


Thursday 29th June

The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer from Government about electricity flow from Israel to Gaza.

The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question on freedom of religion and belief in Indonesia, and a question on blasphemy laws in Indonesia.

The Bishop of St Albans’ Bill on Marriage Registration was introduced.

The Bishop of Ely spoke in the Queen’s Speech debate about countering extremism and the importance of character education.

 

The Bishop of Gloucester also spoke in the debate, about the situation of vulnerable young people moving into adulthood.

 

The Bishop of Peterborough also spoke in the debate, about mental health services.