Week in Westminster, 20th-24th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about UK foreign policy, British Steel, and the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and voted on a Government motion on the rehabilitation of offenders. They asked questions about child poverty, Further Education funding, the UK’s clean air strategy, assisted suicide, gaming addiction, children in Iraq, terrorism in Sri Lanka and religious freedom in Pakistan. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Birmingham responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her resignation.

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


Monday 20th May

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about Further Education funding, and responded to a Government statement on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also voted on a regret motion to the Government’s Rehabilitation of Offenders Order.


Tuesday 21st May

The Bishop of Winchester spoke about the importance of education, religion and voluntary agencies in UK foreign policy.

He also asked a question about the impact of the British Steel situation on those in apprenticeships, and asked Government to renew its commitment to tackle holiday hunger and child poverty.


Wednesday 22nd May

The Bishop of Winchester asked how Government will be held to account on its clean air strategy.


Thursday 23rd May

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government if Ministers will meet those concerned about change to law on assisted suicide.

The Bishop of Ely asked Government about gaming addiction among young people.

The Bishop of Coventry received three written answers from Government to questions he had asked on (i) children in Iraq, (ii) terrorism in Sri Lanka and (iii) religious freedom in Pakistan.


Friday 24th May

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on tobacco and gambling display advertising.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Birmingham responded to the Prime Minister’s statement about her resignation.