Week in Westminster 14th-18th January 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, and the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill. They also spoke in debates on online gambling, and the effects of the Internet on children’s health.  They asked questions on Brexit, gambling by children, Yemen, Islamophobia, pensions, school exclusions, and arts education.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on historic church buildings, Christian persecution overseas, and the promotion of marriage.

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

 

Monday 14th January

The Bishop of St Albans asked what was being done to address the cholera epidemic in Yemen.

The Archbishop of York asked a question about Islamophobia and lessons to be learned from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.

 

The Bishop of Lincoln spoke during the final day of the debate on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement.

He and four other bishops voted on an Opposition Motion to Regret the deal and the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.


Tuesday 15th January

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled on the prevalence of gambling among children and young people.

The Archbishop of York spoke briefly during Third Reading of the Government’s Tenant Fees Bill, and asked a question about terminally ill detainees during Third Reading of the Government’s  Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. He also responded to a Government Motion on pension regulations.


Wednesday 16th January

The Bishop of Ely received three written answers to questions, on school exclusions and the education of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

The Bishop of Leeds asked a question about language, during exchanges on Brexit.

 


Thursday 17th January

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on historic church buildings, Christian persecution overseas, and the promotion of marriage.

The Bishop of London asked a question about arts education.

 

The Bishop of Chelmsford spoke in a debate about the effect of the Internet on children’s health. The Bishop of St Albans spoke in the same debate, about the effects of online gambling.


Friday 18th January

The Bishop of St Albans spoke in favour of the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill at its Second Reading