Week in Westminster, 15th-19th October 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on religious intolerance and prejudice, and on music education. They asked questions about prisoner activities, Yorkshire devolution, Brexit, religious literacy in asylum claim processing, Burundi, and cases of sexual abuse.  In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Wonga, religious freedom, community use of churchyards, First World War commemorations, social housing, Salisbury Cathedral properties, and diversity in church leadership.

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

Monday 15th October

The Bishop of London asked a question she had tabled about purposeful activity for prisoners, and role of chaplaincy in rehabilitation.

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about religious literacy in processing of asylum claims, and responded to a Government statement on Brexit negotiations.

Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered written questions on diversity in leadership positions in the church, and on leaseholds within the precincts of Salisbury Cathedral.

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question on Burundi.


Tuesday 16th October

No contributions were made.

Wednesday 17th October

The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in a debate on freedom of expression, religious intolerance and prejudice in the UK.

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about the One Yorkshire devolution deal.

Thursday 18th October

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs in the House of Commons on Wonga, religious freedom, community use of churchyards and commemoration of the First World War.

The Bishop of Chester asked a question about sexual abuse cases.


The Bishop of Chichester spoke in a debate on music education in schools.


Friday 19th October

Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question on social housing.