Welcome to our weekly round up of activity in Parliament. This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke on international development, the Middle East, Israel and Palestine. The Second Church Estates Commissioner also spoke about Christian persecution worldwide and blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Bishops also asked questions about religious and ethnic persecution in Iran, the detention of the Eritrean Orthodox Patriarch, Palestine, violence towards people on the basis of faith, gender or sexuality, blasphemy laws in Pakistan, spiritual care for those with medically unexplained symptoms and children’s mental health care.
The Bishop of Truro, Rt Revd Tim Thornton, was on duty throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 3rd July
The Bishop of Truro spoke in a debate on international development aid.
Tuesday 4th July
Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP spoke in a debate on persecuted Christians in the House of Commons.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about spiritual care for those with medically unexplained symptoms.
The Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate on UK influence in the Middle East.
Wednesday 5th July
The Bishop of Truro asked a question about children’s mental health care.
The Bishop of Chester took part in a short debate on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Thursday 6th July
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer about religious and ethnic minority persecution in Iran.
The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer to a question on political reconciliation in Palestine.
The Bishop of Coventry received two written answers, on freedom of religion or belief and violence towards people because of their faith, gender or sexuality