Week in Westminster, 9th-13th July 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on faith-based organisations delivering overseas aid and development, personal savings, the nerve agent poisoning in Amesbury, and paid tribute to the late Lord Carrington. They asked questions about when the stakes on betting machines would be reduced, embryo freezing, and the National Planning Policy Framework . In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on ordination numbers, church schools, modern slavery, metal theft, inter-faith relations and growth of the church in London.

The Bishops of Durham and Chester were on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 9th July

The Bishop of Durham spoke in response to a Government statement on the poisoning incident in Amesbury.


Tuesday 10th July

The Bishop of Chester paid tribute to the late Lord Carrington.

 

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled on when the Government would bring in the promised cut in stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals.


Wednesday 11th July

The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to four questions on the draft National Planning Policy Framework.


Thursday 12th July

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered questions from MPs on ordination numbers, church schools, modern slavery, metal theft, inter-faith relations and growth of the church in London.

The Bishop of Chester asked a question about the freezing of embryos and spoke in a debate on personal savings, highlighting housing costs and the importance of credit unions and financial education.

The Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate on faith-based organisations delivering international aid and development.


 

Friday 13th July

Parliament did not sit.