This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of Chichester was introduced and took his seat on the Bishops’ Benches. Bishops spoke in debates on the work of charities, green finance, defence and modern languages. They asked questions about the impact of the Corillion collapse on apprentices, faith at the Commonwealth Summit, displaced people in Kurdistan, UK defence capability, refugee family reunion, and development aid. In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner highlighted the work of the Clewer Initiative in tackling modern slavery, and answered a written question on St. Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne.
The Bishop of Durham was on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 15th January
The Bishop of Chichester was introduced to the House of Lords and took his seat on the Bishops’ Benches.
The Bishop of Durham asked a question about schools and faiths working to support the Commonwealth Summit. He also asked about the future of apprentices, following a Government statement on the collapse of Corillion.
The Bishop of Leeds asked a question following a Government statement on UK defence capabilities.
Tuesday 16th January
The Bishop of Leeds asked Government about the future of those displaced by fighting in the Kurdistan region.
The Bishop of Durham spoke in a debate on charities, highlighting the positive role of churches and volunteers.
Dame Caroline Spelman answered a written question from Frank Field MP on St. Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne.
Wednesday 17th January
Dame Caroline Spelman raised the work of the church-backed Clewer Initiative in tackling modern slavery, at Foreign Office questions.
The Bishop of Durham asked Government about delays in re-uniting refugee and migrant families.
Thursday 18th January
The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate on the teaching of modern languages.
The Bishop of Portsmouth highlighted the need for a new UK defence review.
The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate about the 70th anniversary of the arrival of MV Windrush.