Week in Westminster, 20th-24th July 2020

Parliament met this week, in Westminster and online, with the Bishops of Chichester and Southwark beginning each sitting day in the House of Lords with prayers.

The Bishops of Southwark and Bristol spoke in a debate on the Government’s Immigration Bill, raising issues of modern slavery, EU citizens, the right to work, visa costs and eligibility.  The Bishop of Southwark also asked Government to take action on reports of human rights abuses in China. The Bishop of Chichester asked a question about the impact of student loans on recruitment and retention in public services, and also about support for children who are victims of domestic abuse.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about action against rising levels of knife crime. He also asked a question about guidance on singing and compulsory wearing of face masks in places of worship. The Bishop also spoke to amendments on maintaining food security during debates on the Government’s Agriculture Bill, and voted on two amendments to the Government’s Business and Planning Bill.

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about student eligibility for free college meal vouchers and the Bishop of Durham asked Government about training and apprenticeship funding for disadvantaged students.

The Bishop of Salisbury received written answers to questions on the Russia Report and the Green Home Grants Scheme.

Monday 20th July

The Bishop of Durham asked Government about training and apprenticeship funding for disadvantaged students.

The Bishop of Salisbury received written answers to questions on the Russia Report and the Green Home Grants Scheme.

The Bishop of St Albans voted on two amendments to the Government’s Business and Planning Bill.


Tuesday 21st July

The Bishop of Winchester asked Government about student eligibility for free college meal vouchers.

The Bishop of St Albans asked a question about action against rising levels of knife crime. He also spoke to amendments on maintaining food security during debates on the Government’s Agriculture Bill.


Wednesday 22nd July

The Bishop of Southwark asked Government to take action on human rights abuses in China.

The Bishops of Southwark and Bristol spoke in a debate on the Government’s Immigration Bill, raising issues of modern slavery, EU citizens, the right to work, visa costs and eligibility.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about guidance on singing and compulsory wearing of face masks in places of worship.


Thursday 23rd July

The Bishop of Chichester asked Government about the impact of student loans on recruitment and retention in key public services.


Friday 24th July

The Bishop of Chichester asked Government about support for children who are victims of domestic abuse.