This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on Israel and Palestine, and refugee resettlement, and asked questions about SEN funding, leukaemia treatment, Burundi, and Forestry Commission land. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on modern slavery, Middle East peace, Church of Scotland relations, LGBTQ community, bell ringing, Nigerian Christians, religious literacy, overseas orphanages, affordable housing, gay conversion therapy and the Pemberton tribunal case.
The Bishop of Carlisle was on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 4th June
The Bishop of Carlisle asked a question about Special Educational Needs funding for small schools.
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on Forestry Commission land.
Tuesday 5th June
The Bishop of Durham received a response to a written question about the UK Government’s representations to the government of Burundi.
Wednesday 6th June
Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question from Ben Bradshaw MP about legal costs in the Jeremy Pemberton tribunal case
Thursday 7th June
Dame Caroline Spelman MP, representing the Church Commissioners, answered questions in the House of Commons from MPs on modern slavery, Middle East peace, Church of Scotland relations, LGBTQ community, bell ringing, Nigerian Christians, religious literacy, overseas orphanages, affordable housing, and gay conversion therapy.
The Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate on the Palestinian territories.
Friday 8th June
Parliament did not sit.