This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the Commission on Religious Education, the treatment of people with terminal illnesses, plastic pollution, arts and wellbeing, Islamophobia, and the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. They asked questions on homelessness, Yemen, Brexit, Burma, sanctions on Iran, and university admissions, and a bishop took part in a vote on an amendment to the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. Parliament approved four Church of England Measures, which then received Royal Assent. Parliament rose for the Christmas recess and will return on January 7th, 2019.
The Bishop of Chichester was on duty in the Lords, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 17th December
The Bishop of Leeds responded to a Government statement on Brexit and the EU Council.
The Bishop of Winchester asked a question about safety of internally displaced people and refugees in Burma.
The Bishop of Lincoln voted on an amendment to the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill.
Tuesday 18th December
No contributions were made.
Wednesday 19th December
The Bishop of Salisbury spoke in a debate on the threat to the environment posed by plastic and the case for improved recycling.
The Bishop of Chichester introduced four Church of England Measures to the House of Lords for approval. He also spoke in a debate on how sport, recreation, and the arts contribute to wellbeing of society.
Thursday 20th December
The Bishop of Leeds received written answers to three questions about US sanctions on Iran.
The Bishop of Winchester received a written answer to a question on university admissions.
The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled to Government about Yemen and humanitarian aid.
The Bishop of Rochester asked a question on homelessness.
The Bishop of Chichester spoke in a debate on Islamophobia, and also spoke in a debate on the remit of, and arrangements for the handling of evidence by, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Friday 21st December
First day of Christmas recess. Parliament will return on 7th January, 2019.