Week in Westminster, 8-12 June 2020

Parliament met this week, in Westminster and online.

The Bishop of Derby began each sitting day in the Lords with prayers, spoke in a debate on the  COVID-19 recovery strategy and asked Government about protecting children from online harms.

The Bishop of Oxford also spoke in the debate on the COVID-19 recovery strategy, on the need for digital access for all.

The Bishop of Worcester asked Government whether G20 countries would write off the debts owed by the world’s poorest countries.

The Bishop of St Albans spoke in a debate on the Government’s Agriculture Bill, and asked questions on child poverty, and business rates for small high street shops.

The Bishop of Carlisle asked Government when routine health checks for the over-75s would resume, the Bishop of Gloucester asked about COVID-19 levels in immigration removal centres, and the Bishop of Rochester asked about the same in prisons.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question on plans for reopening of church buildings for individual prayer.

Monday 8 June

The House of Lords began to sit as a ‘hybrid Chamber’, with Members joining proceedings both virtually and in the Chamber. The Bishop of Derby led the first hybrid sitting in prayers.


Tuesday 9 June

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about business rates for large online retail companies and small high street shops.

The Bishop of Gloucester received a written answer to a question on COVID-19 levels in immigration removal centres.

 

The Bishop of Rochester received a written answer to a question about COVID-19 levels and testing in prisons.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner Andrew Selous MP answered a written question on plans for reopening of church buildings for individual prayer.


Wednesday 10 June

The Bishop of Worcester asked Government whether G20 countries would write off the debts owed by the world’s poorest countries.

The Bishop of St Albans spoke in the Second Reading debate of the Government’s Agriculture Bill. He also received a written answer to a question on child poverty in Luton.

The Bishop of Carlisle asked Government when routine health checks for the over-75s would resume.


Thursday 11 June

The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate on the COVID-19 recovery strategy and the need to put the interests of children and families at the centre. She also asked a question about the need to protect children and teenagers from pornography and other online harms.

The Bishop of Oxford also spoke in the debate on the COVID-19 recovery strategy, on the need for digital access for all.


Friday 12 June

Parliament was not sitting