This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on problem gambling, post-18 education, mental ill-health, and the apprenticeship levy. They asked questions about air pollution, asthma deaths, the NHS long-term plan, forced marriage, social housing, training for health professionals, Hong Kong, and persecuted groups. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on lead theft from churches, and church-based tourism.
The Bishop of Carlisle was on duty throughout the week and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.
Monday 1st July
Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman answered a written question on lead theft from churches.
The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer from the Government in reply to questions about forced marriage.
Tuesday 2nd July
The Bishop of Derby, Rt Revd Libby Lane, was introduced to the Lords by her two sponsors the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
The Archbishop of Canterbury asked Government about social housing.
The Bishop of London asked Government about training for healthcare professionals in rural areas.
The Bishop of Carlisle asked Government for travel advice on visits to Hong Kong.
The Bishop of St Albans responded to a Government statement on industry support for problem gamblers.
The Bishop of Winchester spoke in a debate on the Augar review of post-18 education.
Wednesday 3rd July
Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP responded to two written questions on church-based tourism and community development.
The Bishop of Coventry received a written answer to a question on the Government’s definition of persecuted groups.
The Bishop of Carlisle asked the Government about the prevention of asthma deaths.
Thursday 4th July
The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate on the link between inequality, unemployment and mental ill-health.
The Bishop of Carlisle spoke in a debate on the apprenticeship levy.
Friday 5th July
Parliament did not sit.