Week in Westminster, 3rd-7th December 2018

This week in Parliament bishops spoke in the House of Lords debate on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, and asked questions on Asia Bibi, Pakistan, executive pay links to carbon emissions, greening towns and cities, the two-child limit on welfare benefits, internet safety, and support to organisations helping Christians and other minorities returning to Syria.  In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about Christ Church college, Oxford.

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


Monday 3rd December

The Bishop of Coventry received written answers to five questions he had tabled to Government on Asia Bibi, religious freedom in Pakistan and applications for asylum from Pakistan on grounds of religious persecution


Tuesday 4th December

The Bishop of Chelmsford asked a question about internet safety.

The Bishop of Portsmouth received written answers to four questions on welfare benefits and the two-child limit.


Wednesday 5th December

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Leeds spoke in the first day of a three-day debate on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled to Government about linking executive pay to carbon emission reduction targets.

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government to support organisations helping Christians and other minorities returning to Syria.

The Bishop of Carlisle asked about greening towns and cities.

 

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about Christ Church college Oxford.


Thursday 6th December

The Bishop of Carlisle asked about violence in Nigeria and arms used by Fulani herders


Friday 7th December

Parliament did not sit.