Week in Westminster, 20th-24th November 2017

This week in the House of Lords bishops  spoke in a debate on defence and peacebuilding, and asked questions about religious freedom and the Commonwealth summit, universal Credit, Brexit, food banks, Israel, and schools. The Bishop of Birmingham issued a response to the Autumn Budget statement. The former Bishop of London, Rt Revd Lord Chartres, was introduced to the House as a life peer and took his seat on the crossbenches.

The Bishop of Coventry was on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 20th November

The Bishop of Leeds received two written answers to questions on religious freedom and the 2018 Commonwealth Summit. He also asked a further question about air travel arrangements, post-Brexit.

The Bishop of Coventry also received a written answer on religious freedom and the Commonwealth Summit.


Tuesday 21st  November

The Bishop of Oxford received a written answer to a question on food banks.

 

The Bishop of Southwark received written answers to six questions on Israel – freedom of religion, Holy Land sites, church property and the Church Lands Bill before the Knesset.

The former Bishop of London, Rt Revd Lord Chartres, was introduced to the House as a life peer and took his seat on the crossbenches.


Wednesday 22nd November

The Bishop of Coventry asked a question about the role of schools in helping disadvantaged families.

The Bishop of Birmingham issued a response to the Autumn Budget statement.


 

Thursday 23rd  November

The Bishop of Coventry spoke in a debate on defence and peacebuilding. He also asked a question on debt advice in response to a Government statement on Universal Credit.