Week in Westminster, 16th-20th July 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the value of Higher Education, and on referendums. They asked questions about attacks on Christians in Nigeria, persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, the vocation to service, broadband speeds, and commuter rail services. The Bishop of St Albans’s Registration of Marriage Bill passed its Report Stage in the House of Lords. 

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


Monday 16th July

No contributions were made


Tuesday 17th July

The Archbishop of Canterbury asked a question about violence against Christians in Nigeria.

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about commuter rail services in his diocese.

The Bishop of St Albans’s Registration of Marriage Bill passed its Report Stage in the House of Lords.


Wednesday 18th July

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about helping children develop the vocation to service.


Thursday 19th July

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled, on broadband speeds.

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, and spoke in a debate on the challenges to parliamentary democracy posed by referendums.

The Bishop of Chichester spoke for the first time in the Lords, in a debate on the value of UK Higher Education as an export, focusing on arts education.

The Bishop of Winchester spoke in the same debate, urging the Government to do more to make UK Higher Education accessible to overseas students.


Friday 20th July

No contributions were made