Week in Westminster, 14th May – 18th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of St Albans welcomed the Government announcement on the reduction in the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2. Bishops also asked  questions about Gaza, immigration removals and appeals, renewable energy, forced marriage, childcare costs, Universal Credit, NHS chaplaincy, forestry, and support for cathedrals. Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Bishop of Lincoln was appointed to a Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities.

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


Monday 14th May

The Bishop of Leeds asked Government about support for cathedrals.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer from Government about forced marriage victims.


 

Tuesday 15th May

The Bishop of Worcester asked Government how ‘real, substantial hope’ could be secured for the people of Gaza.

The Bishop of Durham asked Government about alternatives to prison detention in immigration removals, and received a written answer on renewable energy and development.


Wednesday 16th May

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about immigration application appeal targets.

The Bishops of Chester and Leeds took part in a vote on an amendment to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill at Third Reading.

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question on the costs of daycare for children.


Thursday 17th May

The Bishop of St Albans welcomed the Government announcement on fixed-odds betting terminals. He also asked a question on NHS chaplains supporting their colleagues, and received a written answer on Forestry Commission land.

The Bishop of Lincoln was appointed to a Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities.

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer from Government about childcare costs and Universal Credit.


Friday 18th May

Parliament was not sitting