This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on lifelong learning and improving mental health services for people from black and ethnic minority communities, and asked questions about Donald Trump’s sharing of material about Islam, domestic violence, mental health, waste reduction and interpretation services. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on religious freedom.
The Bishop of Worcester was on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 27th November
The Bishop of Durham praised the work of faith-based agencies in tackling domestic violence, in response to an oral question.
The Bishop of Worcester spoke in a debate on lifelong learning and the acquisition of skills.
Tuesday 28th November
The Bishop of Worcester asked a question about improving mental health services and reducing stigma, and later spoke in a debate on improving mental health services for people from black and ethnic minority communities.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled to Government about its plans to reduce waste.
Wednesday 29th November
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about religious freedom.
The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about interpretation services in criminal proceedings.
Thursday 30th November
The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about plans to increase working age benefits in line with inflation.
The Bishop of Worcester praised the contribution of Muslims to UK society, following tweets by President Trump.