Week in Westminster, 16th-20th November 2020

Parliament met in Westminster and online this week. The Bishop of Salisbury was on duty in the House of Lords and read prayers at the start of each sitting day.

The Bishop welcomed plans to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and asked questions about fuel intensive businesses moving to net zero carbon emissions, engaging faith groups in the COP climate talks, Brexit trade deal uncertainty, and the environmental impact of ship recycling regulations.

The Bishop of Durham asked about young people’s views of education during coronavirus.

The Bishop of St Albans asked Government about the Towns Fund, voted on the Government’s Fire Safety Bill and received written answers to questions on rural broadband rollout, the housing market, problem gambling by young people, the Armenian genocide, and the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Bishop of Leeds voted on the Government’s UK Internal Market Bill.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on public worship during lockdown, celebrating Christmas, church finances, the impact of coronavirus on church social action, and consistory court decisions and appeals.