Week in Westminster, 6th-10th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about the toxic nature of much public debate, and welcomed new protective security funding for places of worship. They asked questions about modern slavery at car washes, the NHS and gambling related harm, diversity in public appointments, and biodegradable plastic bags. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on the Bishop of Truro’s review into persecuted Christians overseas, the attacks on Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka, and fire safety in cathedrals.

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


Monday 6th May

Parliament was not sitting


Tuesday 7th May

The Bishops of St Albans and Southwark asked Government to issue standards for biodegradable plastic bags.

The Bishop of Rochester welcomed protective security funding for places of worship.


 

Wednesday 8th May

No contributions were made.


Thursday 9th May

The Bishop of Leeds received a written answer to three questions on modern slavery at hand car washes.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on the NHS and gambling related harm and rehabilitation.

The Bishop of Rochester asked a question about diversity in public appointments.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs on the Bishop of Truro’s review into persecuted Christians overseas, the attacks on Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka, and fire safety in cathedrals.

The Bishops of Rochester and Leeds spoke in a debate about the conduct, and toxicity, of debate in public life and the divisions in society which result from that.


Friday 3rd May

Parliament was not sitting.