Week in Westminster, 23rd – 27th April 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the future sustainability of the NHS and on the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill, responded to a Government statement on immigration removal targets, and asked questions about social mobility, refugees and Gaza. Bishops also voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill. In the House of Commons Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered questions on behalf of the Church Commissioners on freedom of religion in the Commonwealth, rural schools, out of school settings, recycling and thefts from churches.

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


Monday 23rd April

The Bishop of Norwich asked a question about social mobility.

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


Tuesday 24th April

The Bishop of Durham received answers to two written questions on refugees.

The Bishop of Norwich asked a question about Gaza.


Wednesday 25th April

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


Thursday 26th April

Dame Caroline Spelman answered questions from MPs on behalf of the Church Commissioners, on religious freedom, rural schools, out of school settings, recycling and thefts from churches.

The Bishop of Carlisle took part in a debate on the future of the NHS.

The Bishop of Norwich responded to a Government statement on immigration removal targets and the problems with the Home Office of the Windrush generation.


Friday 27th April

The Bishop of Norwich spoke in a debate on the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill.