Week in Westminster 22nd-26th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about new Relationships and Sex Education regulations, and the impact of digital advertising on children. They asked questions about the impact of the two-child limit for certain benefit payments, the attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, community sponsorship of refugees, and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on community use of church buildings.

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


 

Monday 22nd April

Parliament was not sitting.


Tuesday 23rd April

Parliament was not sitting.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered a written question on community use of church buildings.

 


Wednesday 24th April

The Bishop of Durham led the House of Lords in a minute’s silence for the victims of the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. He also asked a question he had tabled about the impact of the two-child limit on benefit payments, on child development and poverty.

He also spoke in a debate on the new Relationships and Sex Education Regulations.

The Bishop of Leeds responded to a Government statement on the attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka. He also asked a question about the UK’s relationship with Europe.


Thursday 25th April

The Bishop of Durham spoke in a debate about digital advertising, highlighting the impact on children. He also asked a question about community sponsorship of refugees.


Friday 26th April

Parliament was not sitting.