Week in Westminster, 8th-12th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about air pollution, the environment, online safety, asylum decisions on religious grounds, bereavement benefits, Yemen, and rural services for young people,  and voted on the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 5) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on evangelical congregations, the 2020 Lambeth Conference, lay membership, pastoral support for women with unplanned pregnancies, and increasing church attendance.

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


Monday 8th April

The Bishop of London asked a question about the impact of air pollution on children. She also responded to a Government statement on proposal for online safety.

She and the Bishop of Southwark took part in a vote on the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill.


Tuesday 9th April

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered  five written questions from Sir John Hayes MP on evangelical congregations, the 2020 Lambeth Conference, lay membership, pastoral support for women with unplanned pregnancies, and increasing church attendance.

The Bishop of Gloucester received written answers to two questions about asylum decisions and consultation with religious communities.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about changes to bereavement support benefits for parents with dependent children.


Wednesday 10th April

The Bishops of Coventry and St Albans received written answers to questions on Yemen and the use of British weaponry.

The Bishop of Salisbury received written answers to three questions on the environment: on clean growth targets, gas and coal.


Thursday 11th April

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on children’s exposure to air pollution, and a written answer to a question on young people’s services in rural areas.


Friday 12th April

Parliament has risen for the Easter recess and returns on 23rd April 2019.