Public Order Bill: Bishop of Manchester supports amendments related to access to abortion clinics and to curtailing excessive police powers

On 22nd November 2022, the House of Lords debated the Public Order Bill in the second day of the committee stage. The Bishop of Manchester spoke regarding two sets of amendments: firstly, in support of amendments to Clause 9, pertaining to access issues around abortion providers, and secondly in opposition to clauses remaining in the … Continue reading “Public Order Bill: Bishop of Manchester supports amendments related to access to abortion clinics and to curtailing excessive police powers”

Energy Prices Bill: Bishop of Manchester raises concerns on heating churches and the need for clarification of terms

On 19th October 2022, the House of Lords debated the Energy Prices Bill in its second reading. The Bishop of Manchester spoke in the debate, welcoming the bill whilst raising several points of concern: The Lord Bishop of Manchester: My Lords, I am pleased to speak on this important and urgent piece of legislation. I … Continue reading “Energy Prices Bill: Bishop of Manchester raises concerns on heating churches and the need for clarification of terms”

Bishop of Manchester speaks in a debate on climate change and food security

On 8th September 2022, the House of Lords debated the effects of climate change on biodiversity and food security. The Bishop of Manchester spoke in the debate: The Lord Bishop of Manchester: My Lords, I begin by adding my own compliments to the noble Baroness, Lady Willis, on what was a most excellent maiden speech. … Continue reading “Bishop of Manchester speaks in a debate on climate change and food security”

Bishop of Manchester asks about freedom of religion

The Bishop of Manchester received the following written answer on 5th September 2022: The Lord Bishop of Manchester asked Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief on 5 to 6 July; and what steps they are taking, if any, to … Continue reading “Bishop of Manchester asks about freedom of religion”

Bishop of Manchester asks about blasphemy laws in Pakistan

The Bishop of Manchester received the following written answer on 5th September 2022: The Lord Bishop of Manchester asked Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan regarding the cases of (1) Qaisar Ayub, and (2) Amoon Ayub, who have been imprisoned and sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Bishop of Manchester asks about food supply to Northern Ireland

The Bishop of Manchester received the following written answer on 5th September 2022: The Lord Bishop of Manchester asked Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure an (1) adequate, and (2) diverse, supply of food for those of (a) Orthodox Jewish faith, and (b) other faiths, in Northern Ireland.

Church “has been levelling up the arts for centuries”: Bishop of Manchester on support for arts and music

On 7th July 2022 the House of Lords debated a motion from the Earl of Clancarty, “To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the ability of musicians and other creative professionals from the United Kingdom to work and tour in the European Union.” The Lord Bishop of Manchester: My Lords, … Continue reading “Church “has been levelling up the arts for centuries”: Bishop of Manchester on support for arts and music”

Bishop of Manchester affirms support for action against Putin and role of church and faiths in aid effort

On 4th July 2022 the House of Lords heard the repeat of a statement made by the Prime Minister in the Commons, on the Commonwealth Heads of Government, G7 and NATO meetings. The Lord Bishop of Manchester: My Lords, we on these Benches support Her Majesty’s Government in their response to President Putin’s invasion, as … Continue reading “Bishop of Manchester affirms support for action against Putin and role of church and faiths in aid effort”

The Bishop of Chichester speaks in a debate on the Schools Bill (HL)

On 15th June 2022, the House of Lords debated the Schools Bill (HL) in committee. The Bishop of Chichester spoke in the debate: The Lord Bishop of Chichester: 59: Clause 29, page 23, line 23, leave out “of its maintained schools” and insert “maintained schools in its area“ Member’s explanatory statement: This amendment makes the language … Continue reading “The Bishop of Chichester speaks in a debate on the Schools Bill (HL)”

Schools Bill: Bishop of Chichester speaks on amendments at committee stage

On 13th June the House of Lords continued to debate the Government’s Schools Bill in committee. The Bishop of Chichester spoke in the debate, on behalf of the Bishop of Durham, introducing and responding to a number of amendments: The Lord Bishop of Chichester: My Lords, I speak on behalf of my colleague, the right … Continue reading “Schools Bill: Bishop of Chichester speaks on amendments at committee stage”