Week in Westminster, 16th-20th March 2020

This week in Parliament the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in response to Government statements on the coronavirus pandemic, the Budget and the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. He also asked  about plans to build communities and affordable housing.

The Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate on the Chancellor’s Budget statement, and the Bishop of Carlisle supported two amendments to the Government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question on the humanitarian situation in Yemen and received written answers to questions on a review of the Gambling Act, and rural connectivity. The Bishop of Winchester received a written answer to a question about further education college mergers, and the Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer to a question on climate change and migration.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Andrew Selous MP, answered questions  on church closures, coronavirus, persecution of Christians, and marriage support.

He also answered seven written questions from Jim Shannon MP, on carbon reduction, cashless donations, South Sudan, Uganda, lead theft and graveyard records, and a written question from Sir Desmond Swayne MP on marriages.

The Bishops of Rochester, Worcester and St Albans were on duty throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 16th March

No contributions were made.


Tuesday 17th March

The Bishop of Carlisle supported two amendments to the Government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, on information about relationship support and child wellbeing for divorcing couples.

The Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer to a question on climate change and migration.


Wednesday 18th March

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Rochester spoke in a debate on the Chancellor’s Budget statement and resources to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Archbishop of Canterbury asked Government about plans to build communities and affordable housing.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered seven written questions from Jim Shannon MP, on carbon reduction, cashless donations, South Sudan, Uganda, lead theft and graveyard records. He also answered a written question from Sir Desmond Swayne MP on marriages.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer from Government to a question on a review of the Gambling Act.


Thursday 19th March

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Andrew Selous MP, answered questions  on church closures, coronavirus, persecution of Christians, and marriage support.

The Archbishop of Canterbury responded to a Government statement on the Windrush Lessons Learned Review andanother statement on school closures.

The Bishop of Winchester received a written answer to a question about further education college mergers.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to two question to Government on rural connectivity.


Friday 20th March

The House of Lords was not sitting