Week in Westminster, 29th January – 2nd February 2018

This week in Parliament bishops spoke in debates on the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill, and on the environment. They asked questions about income inequality, and the Rohiynga in Burma. In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner spoke in a debate about the renovations of the Palace of Westminster, suggesting Church House Westminster might be a suitable alternative venue.

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

Monday 29th January

The Bishop of Salisbury gave a speech welcoming the Government’s 25-year plan to improve the environment.

Tuesday 30th January

The Bishop of Leeds spoke during the first day of a two-day debate on the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

Wednesday 31st January

The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer from Government about the Rohingya people in Burma.

The Archbishop of York asked a question about the link between happiness and income inequality.


Dame Caroline Spelman MP spoke about the advantages of Church House, Westminster, during a debate on Parliament’s relocation for renovations.

Thursday 1st February

No interventions were made.

Friday 2nd February

The Lords was not sitting. The Commons considered Private Members’ Bills.