Week in Westminster, 10th-14th February 2020

This week in Parliament the Bishop of St Albans asked a question to Government on plans to tackle antisemitism, and spoke in a debate on the importance of planting native tree species. He also asked questions about disability employment and technology, and the need for better education and media representation to counter Islamophobia. He received written answers to questions on the gambling industry and sport.

The Bishop of Worcester spoke in support of the Adoption Support Fund and the needs of adopted children and their families.

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about pauper funerals and bereavement support, and received an answer to a written question on college financial monitoring.

The Bishop of Oxford spoke in a debate on the full implications of decision-making and prediction by algorithm in the public sector.

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer on Government plans to reduce child poverty and to questions about the welfare of older people and children in Rwanda. He asked a question about the construction of HS2.

The Bishop of Southwark received written answers to five questions, on Israel & Palestine, peace, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Bishop of Leeds asked Government for a strategy to resurrect derelict Victorian mill buildings.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous answered questions from Jim Shannon MP on carbon emissions, religious freedom, strategic development funding, church planting, green investments, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, the Primates’ Meeting, new technologies, marriage and family life.

The Bishops of Newcastle, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Worcester were on duty throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 10th February

The Bishop of Southwark questioned Government over planned deportation flights to Jamaica.


Tuesday 11th February

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question he had tabled to Government on plans to tackle antisemitic hate crime.

The Bishop of Durham asked a question about the construction of HS2.

The Bishop of Leeds asked Government for a strategy to resurrect derelict Victorian mill buildings.

The Bishop of Winchester received an answer to a written question on college financial monitoring.


 

Wednesday 12th February

In a debate on the full implications of decision-making and prediction by algorithm in the public sector, the Bishop of Oxford called for agreed principles against which public-centred use of Artificial Intelligence can be assessed.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government for assurances on disability employment and technology.


Thursday 13th February

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous answered questions from Jim Shannon MP on carbon emissions, religious freedom, strategic development funding, church planting, green investments, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, the Primates’ Meeting, new technologies, marriage and family life.

The Bishop of Southwark received written answers to five questions, on Israel & Palestine, peace, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about pauper funerals and bereavement support.

The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate on the importance of planting more trees and native species. He also asked a question about the need for better education and media representation to counter Islamophobia, and received written answers to questions on the gambling industry and sport.

In a debate on adoption the Bishop of Worcester praised the Adoption Support Fund and highlighted the needs of adopted children.

The Bishop of Durham received a written answer on Government plans to reduce child poverty.


Friday 14th February

The Bishop of Durham received written answers to questions about the welfare of older people and children in Rwanda.