Week in Westminster, 19th – 23rd March 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops tabled a question on the social harm of fixed-odds betting terminals and spoke and voted on changes to free school meal entitlement for those on low incomes. Bishops spoke in debates on domestic abuse, the Commonwealth, the EU Withdrawal Bill, and paid tribute to a former Leader of the House of Lords. They asked questions about modern slavery, and religious persecution, and took part in votes on a Private Member’s Bill on hereditary peer by-elections. Five Church of England Measures were debated and approved by the House of Lords.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on wi-fi and broadband and use of church buildings.

The Bishops of St Albans, Winchester, Leeds and Rochester were on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 19th March

Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question on wi-fi and broadband and use of church buildings

The Bishop of Derby asked about modern slavery and child trafficking


Tuesday 20th March

The Bishop of Winchester paid tribute to the late Lord Richard, a former Leader of the House of Lords. He also asked a question about religious persecution as a category for refugee status.

The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke on a Motion to Regret changes to the rules on eligibility for free school meals. He also voted for the Motion, which was passed.


Wednesday 21st March

The Archbishop of York spoke during debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill .


 

Thursday 22nd March

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled on the social harm caused by fixed-odds betting terminals.

The Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate on the forthcoming Commonwealth summit. He also introduced five Church of England Measures for debate and approval by Peers.

The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate on tackling domestic violence.


Friday 23rd March

The Bishop of Peterborough took part in votes on two amendments to the Hereditary Peer (Abolition of By Elections) Bill.