This week in the House of Lords bishops led a debate on the situation of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, welcomed a Government Bill to help victims of domestic violence and spoke in debates on social media and housebuilding. They asked questions about homelessness, child refugees, and the probation service. In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about Scrooby parish church.
The Bishop of Gloucester was on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 8th January
The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to three questions, on homelessness, welfare reform and empty homes.
The Bishop of Gloucester asked Government about child refugee policy post-Brexit.
Tuesday 9th January
The Bishop of Southwark received written answers to six questions about Wandsworth Prison.
The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about the impact on homeless numbers of the freeze in local housing allowances.
The Bishop of Gloucester asked about Parole Board funding and due diligence in light of the case of the release of John Worboys. She also welcomed a Government Bill designed to assist victims of domestic violence.
Wednesday 10th January
The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to two questions, on rough sleeping in London by care leavers and ex-offenders.
Thursday 11th January
The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about St Wilfrid’s Parish Church, Scrooby.
The Bishop of Newcastle spoke in a debate about UK housebuilding challenges.
The Bishop of Gloucester spoke in a debate about social media and online platforms.
The Bishop of Coventry led a debate on the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in post-conflict Iraq.