Week in Westminster 21st-25th January 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about poverty in the UK, cultural and heritage services facing council cuts, and on a customs union amendment to the Government’s Trade Bill.  They asked questions on Religious Education in the English Baccalaureate, EU environmental regulations, rail services in the north east, and the welfare of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran.

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


Monday 21st January

The Bishop of Portsmouth spoke in a debate on poverty in the UK.

The Bishop of Worcester called for Religious Education to be included in the English Baccalaureate.


Tuesday 22nd January

The Archbishop of York asked a question during debate on a motion to approve the Floods and Water (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

Wednesday 23rd January

The Bishop of Newcastle asked a question about the need to improve rail services in the north east.

The Bishop of Chester spoke during amendments to the Trade Bill on an EU Customs Union.


The Bishop of Coventry received written answers to two questions about the treatment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Thursday 24th January

The Bishop of Worcester spoke in a debate about the cultural and heritage losses of local council cuts.

Friday 25th January

Parliament was not sitting