Week in Westminster, 16th – 20th April 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on national security in relation to Syria and Russia, and on lifelong learning. They responded to Government statements on the treatment by immigration authorities of the Windrush generation, and military action in Syria, and asked a question about Government plans to promote freedom of religion and belief. Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill. 

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


Monday 16th April

The Bishop of Oxford published a blog in connection with the report of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, of which he is a member.

The Bishop of Coventry responded to a Government statement on the impact of immigration policy on the Windrush generation. He also responded to a Government statement on military action in Syria.

The Bishop of Coventry also spoke in a debate on lifelong learning.


Tuesday 17th April

The Bishop of Chester took part in a vote on the Government’s Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill.


Wednesday 18th April

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government about plans for promoting freedom of religion and belief.

Several bishops took part in votes on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill.


Thursday 19th April

The Bishop of Coventry took part in a debate on the national security situation, urging more effort on a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria.


Friday 20th April

Parliament was not sitting