Welcome to our weekly round up of activity in Parliament. This week bishops in the House of Lords led a debate on welcoming refugees, supported an amendment to a Government Bill aimed at alleviating problem debt, and also spoke on the electricity market and transport to and from the island of Lindisfarne. Bishops also asked questions about mental health provision in schools, unaccompanied child refugees, Iraq, South Sudan, Nigeria, Indonesia, religious freedom in Russia, Tajikistan and Yemen, the UNHCR, the 2018 Commonwealth Summit, executions in Saudi Arabia, stalking offences and transport in the north-east. The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs in the House of Commons on food banks and rural church growth. Parliament rose on Thursday for its summer recess and will return in September.
The Bishop of Newcastle was on duty throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 17th July
The Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate about the future of the electricity market.
The Bishop of Newcastle asked a question about the provision of mental health support in schools.
The Bishop of Southwark received written answers to questions about Iraqi refugees fleeing Daesh.
Tuesday 18th July
The Archbishop of Canterbury asked Government to act against the planned executions of juveniles in Saudi Arabia. He also asked a question about working for peace with grassroots religious organisations in Nigeria.
The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer to a question about the UNHCR’s assessment of refugees.
The Bishop of Coventry received written answers from Government to questions about blasphemy laws and violent extremism in Indonesia. He also received a written response to a question about the agenda of the 2018 Commonwealth Summit and to a question about freedom of religion in Tajikistan.
Wednesday 19th July
The Bishop of Newcastle supported an amendment to a Government Bill, aimed at alleviating problem debt for families.
The Bishop of Salisbury asked a question about the food and refugee crisis in South Sudan.
The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question on the ban in Russian of worship by Jehovah’s Witnesses. He also received an answer to a question on the situation facing Bahá’ís and other religious minorities in Yemen.
Thursday 20th July
In the House of Commons Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered questions from MPs on food banks and rural church growth.
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question of Government about the offences of stalking and harassment.