Week in Westminster, 15th-19th June 2020

Parliament met this week, in Westminster and online.

The Bishops of Durham and Peterborough began each sitting day in the Lords with prayers. They also asked Government about, respectively, the situation of children in families with no recourse to public funds, and for Government commitments to overseas aid in light of the merger of Government departments.

Eight bishops opposed Government Regulations on abortion in Northern Ireland in a vote in the Lords to approve them. The Bishop of Carlisle set out his concerns about the implications for abortion on grounds of disability.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government whether they would implement the findings of past reviews into racism and discrimination following recent public protests. He also asked about freedom of religion in China, and about future social housing provision.

The Bishop of Gloucester received answers to questions on COVID-19 in prisons, cell sharing, shielding and deaths. The Bishop of Rochester also asked about coronavirus in prisons, and about the role of smaller charities in providing probation services.

The Bishop of Salisbury asked Government about emissions reduction targets, and the Bishop of Winchester asked about the retention of nurses in the NHS.


Monday 15 June

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government whether they would implement the findings of past reviews into racism and discrimination following recent public protests.

Eight bishops opposed Government Regulations on abortion in Northern Ireland in a vote in the Lords to approve them. The Bishop of Carlisle spoke of his concerns about the implications for abortion on grounds of disability.

The Bishop of Durham asked Government about the situation of children in families with no recourse to public funds.

 

The Bishop of Rochester asked Government about the role of smaller charities in providing probation services.


Tuesday 16 June

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about future social housing provision.

The Bishop of Gloucester received answers to questions on COVID-19 in prisons, cell sharing, shielding and deaths.

The Bishop of Rochester also received answers on coronavirus in prisons.


Wednesday 17 June

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about freedom of religion in China.

The Bishop of Salisbury asked Government about emissions reduction targets.


Thursday 18 June

The Bishop of Peterborough asked Government for commitments to overseas aid in light of the merger of Government departments.

The Bishop of Winchester asked about the retention of nurses in the NHS.


 

Friday 19 June

The Lords was not sitting