This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement, and refugee family reunion rules post-Brexit. They asked questions about relief efforts after Cyclone Idai, gambling, air pollution, environmental standards for new houses, refugees, the declining bee population, the early years education workforce, and inheritance tax for cohabiting family members. Bishops voted on an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill
The Bishop of Chester was on duty throughout the week and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 18th March
The Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer to a question on environmental standards for building new homes.
The Bishop of Durham spoke in a debate on a Motion to Approve the Immigration, Nationality and Asylum (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.
Tuesday 19th March
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on air pollution. He also asked a question about the decline in the bee population, and another about working with churches in the aid relief following Cyclone Idai.
Two bishops voted on an amendment to the Governments Offensive Weapons Bill.
Wednesday 20th March
The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to three questions on gambling, students and young people.
The Bishop of Durham received a written answer to a question on the early years education workforce.
Thursday 21st March
The Bishop of Chester asked a question about inheritance tax arrangements for cohabiting family members.
Friday 22nd March
Parliament did not sit.