Week in Westminster, 3rd-7th February 2020

This week in Parliament the Bishop of Blackburn was introduced to the House of Lords, and the Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous answered questions from MPs on LGBT+ equality, civil partnerships, church buildings, church schools and universities, HS2, Christians in Nigeria, and youth workers. Andrew also spoke about persecuted Christians overseas in a House of Commons debate.

The Bishop of Southwark praised the community response to the terror attack in Streatham, and also asked Government about the aim and intent of newly proposed counter-terrorism laws. He also asked questions about freedom of religion and belief policy in international development, and access to cash machines in the poorest areas.

The Bishop of Oxford spoke in a debate on climate change, the Bishop of Carlisle highlighted the need for more investment in adult social care, and the Bishops of Carlisle and Portsmouth spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Divorce Bill, expressing concerns about the provisions.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about food security and scarcity in areas of East Africa affected by locusts, and also on fly-tipping. The Bishop of Durham asked a question about universal credit, and the Bishop of Leeds received answers to written questions to Government about security of Christians and freedom of religion and belief.

The Bishops of Southwark and Leeds were on duty in the House of Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 3rd February

The Bishop of Southwark praised the community response to the terror attack in Streatham, and also asked Government about the aim and intent of newly proposed counter-terrorism laws.


Tuesday 4th February

The Bishop of St Albans asked about food security and scarcity in areas of East Africa affected by locusts.

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about access to cash machines in the poorest areas.

The Bishop of Durham asked a question about universal credit reform.


Wednesday 5th February

The Bishops of Carlisle and Portsmouth spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Divorce Bill, expressing concerns about the provisions.


Thursday 6th February

The Bishop of Blackburn was introduced to the House of Lords.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous answered questions from MPs on LGBT+ equality, civil partnerships, church buildings, church schools and universities, HS2, Christians in Nigeria, and youth workers.

Andrew Selous also spoke in a House of Commons debate on persecuted Christians overseas.

The Bishop of Oxford spoke in a debate on climate change, highlighting the work of the church.

 

The Bishop of Carlisle spoke in a debate on adult social care.

The Bishop of Southwark asked a question about freedom of religion and belief policy in international development.

The Bishop of Leeds received answers to written questions to Government about security of Christians and freedom of religion and belief.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer from the Government, in reply to a question about fly-tipping.


Friday 7th February

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