Week in Westminster, 16th-20th October 2017

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the future of Channel 4 and commemorating the First World War Battle of Passchendaele. They asked questions about housing, immigration, the economy and devolution in the north and Yorkshire, Universal Credit, health and social care, and on Christian-Muslim relations.

The Bishops of Norwich, Newcastle and Derby were on duty in the Lords throughout the week and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 16th October

The Bishop of Leeds received written answers to five questions about housing, immigration, the economy and devolution in the north and Yorkshire.

During oral questions the Bishop of Norwich raised the need for a fully integrated health and social care service.


Tuesday 17th October

The Bishop of Norwich asked Government to support initiatives to bring together Christian and Muslim communities.

The Bishop of Chelmsford took part in a debate on Channel 4, saying it should stay public, but must invest more in diversity and programmes for children.


Wednesday 18th October

The Bishop of Rochester received answers to two written questions on housing affordability and homelessness.


Thursday 19th October

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question about families with children on Universal Credit.

The Bishop of Derby spoke in a Lords debate on the Battle of Passchendaele, to highlight the role of chaplaincy in the First World War and ‘Woodbine Willie’.