Week in Westminster, 17th-21st June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on intergenerational equality, antisemitism, and the new ‘breathing space’ scheme for people in serious debt. They asked questions about serious youth violence, food banks and food poverty, religious freedom and the persecution of Christians, and those with disabilities reporting abuse. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on serious youth violence, clergy recruitment in London, the contribution of cathedrals to the local economy, employee pay gap, responsible investments, mobile phone masts, persecution of Christians, Thy Kingdom Come. The House of Commons passed the Church Representation and Ministers Measure.

The Bishops of Ely, Southwark and Leeds were on duty throughout the week and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 17th June

The Bishop of Ely asked a question about the needs of those with disabilities reporting abuse.


Tuesday 18th June

The House of Commons passed the Church Representation and Ministers Measure.

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman, answered a written question on Thy Kingdom Come.

The Bishop of Leeds received five written answers from Government, about religious freedom and the persecution of Christians.

The Bishop of St Albans voted on an Opposition regret motion to the Government’s Children’s Homes etc. Inspection Fees, Childcare Fees, Adoption and Children Act Register (Amendment) Regulations 2019.


Wednesday 19th June

The Bishop of Leeds asked Government about food poverty and food banks in his diocese, and welcomed a Government announcement on plans to bring in a breathing space scheme for people in serious debt.

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman also welcomed the breathing space scheme in the House of Commons.


Thursday 20th June

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled on dealing with serious youth violence.

Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman answered questions from MPs to the Church Commissioners, on serious youth violence, clergy recruitment in London, the contribution of cathedrals to the local economy, employee pay gap, responsible investments, mobile phone masts, and persecution of Christians.

Two bishops spoke in a debate on policymaking to account for the interests of the next generation. The Bishop of Leeds stressed the importance of acting on as well as inviting the views of young people.

The Bishop of Oxford raised the need for action on climate change and equipping society for technological change.

 

The Bishop of Chester spoke in a debate on antisemitism.


 

Friday 21st June

Parliament did not sit.