Parliament returned from recess this week. In the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on housing and prison reform, responded to the Government’s statement about its race disparity audit and asked questions about military action against Daesh. Bishops also spoke on the Government’s Data Protection Bill and voted on an amendment to the Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on LGBT support and the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Europe. Downing Street announced that the former Bishop of London, Rt Revd Richard Chartres, would be made a Crossbench (independent) Peer.
The Bishop of Chelmsford was on duty in the Lords throughout the week and reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 9th October
Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a question about the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Europe.
Tuesday 10th October
Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered two written questions about homophobic prejudice and violence and support for LGBT people.
The Bishop of Chelmsford responded to a Government statement about its new race disparity audit. He also spoke during debate on the Government’s Data Protection Bill, questioning the setting of the age of consent at 13 for giving personal information online.
Wednesday 11th October
The Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate on the Farmer Review: ‘The Importance of Prisoners’ Family Ties for Reform: Preventing Reoffending and Reducing Intergenerational Crime’.
Two bishops voted on an amendment to the Government’s Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill.
Thursday 12th October
The Bishop of Coventry received written answers from the Government to four questions about civilian casualties and the financial cost of armed conflict against Daesh in Iraq.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Birmingham welcomed the news from Downing Street that the former Bishop of London, Rt Revd Richard Chartres, would be made a Crossbench (independent) Peer.