Week in Westminster, 12th-16th November 2018

This week in Parliament bishops spoke on the Budget, Brexit and the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday. They also asked questions on violent crime, the death penalty and vaping. They also marked UK Parliament week and the centenary of women’s suffrage with a parliamentary event celebrating the role of women in the church and public life.

The Bishops of Chelmsford and St Albans were on duty in the Lords, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.

Monday 12th November

No contributions were made.

Tuesday 13th November

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about deportations to countries that use the death penalty.

The Bishop of Chelmsford spoke in the debate on the Budget, focusing on environmental policy. He also asked a question about vaping and children.


Vote100reception13Nov2018 bA reception was held in Parliament with bishops and the First and Second Church Estates Commissioners, to celebrate the role of women in the church and public life, and to mark UK Parliament Week and the centenary of women gaining the franchise.

Wednesday 14th

The Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute on behalf of the Bishops’ Benches, to the Prince of Wales on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Thursday  15th 

The Bishop of St Albans asked about the involvement of grassroots organisations in helping tackle violent crime.

The Bishop of Leeds responded to a Government statement about the Brexit withdrawal agreement.


Friday 16th November

The House was not sitting.

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