Week in Westminster, 7th-11th September 2020

Parliament met this week in Westminster and online. Prayers were read at the start of each sitting day in the House of Lords by the Bishops of Durham, Rochester, Southwark, and St Albans.

Photo: Simon Stanley

The Bishop of Manchester was introduced as a new Member and took his seat on the Bishops’ Benches.

The Bishop of Blackburn delivered his maiden speech during debate on the Government’s Trade Bill.

In the Commons MPs asked questions of the Church Commissioners on COVID-19, mental health, debt advice, youth work, online worship, overseas aid, and racism.

The Bishop of Durham sponsored and supported amendments to the Government’s Immigration Bill, on the right to work, citizenship fees and the impact on religious people.

The Bishop of Oxford asked Government about coronavirus and the ethics of artificial intelligence.

The Bishop of Southwark responded to the Government’s admission that it would be in breach of an international treaty, and received answers to questions on shortages of council and affordable housing.

The Bishop of St Albans asked about funding of the Gambling Commission.