Week in Westminster, 18th-22nd June 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about the report of the Gosport Independent Panel and asked questions about mental health services in rural areas, immigration removals, the two-child limit for benefits, personal independence payments, and attacks on Christians in Myanmar. Three bishops voted on an amendment to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill. 

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

Monday 18th June

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question about the Government’s two-child limit on tax credit and universal credit claims.


Three bishops voted on a Lords amendment to the Government EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

Tuesday 19th June

The Bishop of Durham asked Government if they would hire more Personal Independence Payment assessors with expertise in mental health.

Wednesday 20th June

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer about attacks on Christians in the north of Myanmar.

The Bishop of Lincoln asked Government about mental health provision in rural areas.


The Bishops of Lincoln and Coventry responded to the Government statement on the report of the Gosport Independent Panel.

Thursday 21st June

The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer on historic immigration removals.


Friday 22nd June

Parliament did not sit.