Week in Westminster 25th-29th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit and the problems of abuse targeted at MPs. They asked questions about children’ mental health services, special educational needs, gambling-related suicides, online gambling, religious freedom, Yemen, air pollution, youth services in rural areas, and the Honours system. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on digital connectivity, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women, Easter church attendance, and land ownership.

The Bishop of Newcastle was on duty throughout the week and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 25th March

The Bishop of Newcastle spoke in a debate on Brexit, and highlighted the unacceptable abuse and intimidation of MPs. She also asked a question she had tabled in the Lords, on child and adolescent mental health services.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on problem gambling related suicides.


Tuesday 26th March

The Bishop of Ely asked a question about special educational needs provision.

The Bishop of Salisbury asked a question about the Honours system.

 

 

The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to questions on protecting children from air pollution.

The Bishop of Chester voted on a Motion relating to the REACH etc. (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.


 

Wednesday 27th March

The Bishop of Newcastle asked about mental health support for children in alternative education provision.


Thursday 28th March

The Bishop of Worcester asked a question about religious freedom.

 

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs on digital connectivity, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women, and Easter church attendance.

The Bishop of St Albans received answers to four written questions on Yemen: humanitarian aid, weapons, and peace.


Friday 29th March

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on regulating loot boxes in online games, and to a further question on youth services in rural areas.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question on land in the Southwark diocese.