Week in Westminster, 23rd-26th March 2020

This week in Parliament the Bishop of Rochester and the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Andrew Selous, spoke during debates on the Government’s Coronavirus Bill. The Government accepted an amendment to the Bill to enable General Synod elections to be postponed.

The Bishop of Rochester also asked a question about Government discussions with charities on the coronavirus response.

Government ministers answered written questions on Falun Gong in China, visas for ministers of religion, and nutrition, from respectively the Bishops of Carlisle, Southwark and St Albans.

Andrew Selous MP, answered written questions from MPs on cashless giving to churches, and maintenance of graveyards.

Parliament rose for the Easter recess, to return on April 21st.


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


Monday 23rd March

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous MP spoke to a new clause to the Coronavirus Bill on postponing elections to the General Synod.

The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer to a question on visas for ministers of religion.

The Bishop of Carlisle received a written answer to a question on the persecution of Falun Gong in China.


Tuesday 24th March

The Bishop of Rochester spoke during debate on the Government’s Coronavirus Bill. He also asked a question about discussions with charities on the response to the coronavirus.

Andrew Selous MP, answered written questions from MPs on cashless giving to churches, and maintenance of graveyards.


Wednesday 25th March

The Bishop of Rochester spoke during the final stage of the Government’s Coronavirus Bill.

The Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on nutrition.

 

Parliament rose for the Easter recess, to return on 21st April.


Thursday 26th March

Parliament was not sitting


 

Friday 27th March

Parliament was not sitting