Week in Westminster 29th June – 3rd July 2020

Parliament met this week, in Westminster and online. The Bishop of Coventry began each sitting day in the Lords with prayers. He also asked Government questions about involving faith communities in mental health care, data sharing as part of the pandemic response, support for asylum seekers, and religious persecution in China.

The Bishop of St Albans asked questions about singing and music in churches, data on racial bias in the criminal justice system, local council funding, and he voted on an amendment to the Government’s Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry published its findings. The Bishop of St Albans had served as a key member of the Committee.

The Bishop of London asked Government about mental health support for care workers.

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about access and retention in higher education institutions of those preparing for key public service roles.

Answers were published to written questions from the Bishop of Rochester on Covid-19 in prisons, the Bishop of Newcastle on the Government’s approach to PPE procurement, the Bishop of Southwark on sanctions towards Commonwealth citizens with right of abode but incorrect documentation, and the Bishop of Salisbury on the publication of the ISC Russia report.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered two written questions, on reopening of churches and financial support.

Monday 29 June

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government about religious persecution in China.

 

The Bishop of St Albans raised local council funding in Luton, and voted on an amendment to the Government’s Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill.

The Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer on the publication of the Intelligence and Security Committee Russia report.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered two written questions, on reopening of churches and financial support.

 


Tuesday 30 June

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government about support for asylum seekers during the pandemic.

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about access and retention in higher education institutions of those preparing for key public service roles.

The Bishop of Rochester received a written answer to a question on Covid-19 in prisons.

 

The Bishop of Newcastle received a written answer to a question on the Government’s approach to PPE procurement.

 

The Bishop of Southwark received a written answer on sanctions towards Commonwealth citizens with right of abode but incorrect documentation.


Wednesday 1 July

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government about data sharing as part of the pandemic response.

The Bishop of London asked Government about mental health support for care workers.

 

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about singing and music in churches.


Thursday 2 July

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about date on racial bias in the criminal justice system

The Bishop of Coventry asked Government about involving faith communities in mental health care.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry published its findings. The Bishop of St Albans served as a key member of the Committee.


Friday 3 July

The Lords was not sitting