Environment Bill: Bishop of Salisbury makes plea for greater climate ambition in farewell speech

On 7th June 2021 the Bishop of Salisbury, Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, made his final speech in the House of Lords before retirement, in the Second Reading debate on the Government’s Environment Bill: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury (Valedictory Speech): My Lords, I have not been in the House in person since the first week … Continue reading “Environment Bill: Bishop of Salisbury makes plea for greater climate ambition in farewell speech”

Bishop of Salisbury asks about use of rural churches as charging points for electric vehicles

On 16th December the Bishop of Salisbury responded to a Government statement in the Lords about the Energy White Paper: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury [V]:  My Lords, I very much welcome the energy White Paper. One thing we have learned during this pandemic is the importance of the local. What assessment have the Government made … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks about use of rural churches as charging points for electric vehicles”

Bishop of Salisbury asks Government about missing its tree planting targets

On 14th December during exchanges in the House of Lords on work of the Committee on Climate Change, the Bishop of Salisbury asked about tree planting targets: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury [V]: My Lords, the Government have made a number of statements, which, with the 10-point plan and the upping of the nationally defined … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks Government about missing its tree planting targets”

Bishop of Salisbury asks about environmental protection after end of Brexit transition period

On 10th December the Bishop of Salisbury received a written answer to a question on a potential environmental governance gap after the end of the Brexit transition period: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place (1) to prevent, and (2) to minimise the impact of, any environmental … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks about environmental protection after end of Brexit transition period”

Bishop of Salisbury asks Government to encourage fossil fuel intensive businesses to accelerate move to net zero carbon emissions

On 19th November the Bishop of Salisbury asked a question he had tabled to Government, on fuel intensive businesses  moving to net zero carbon emission. The exchanges are below, along with the follow-up questions from other Members: Fossil Fuels: Business The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report by … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks Government to encourage fossil fuel intensive businesses to accelerate move to net zero carbon emissions”

Bishop of Salisbury raises environmental implications of ship recycling regulations

On 18th November the House of Lords considered the Government’s Ship Recycling (Facilities and Requirements for Hazardous Materials on Ships) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. The Bishop of Salisbury spoke in the debate: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, neither ship recycling nor Northern Ireland are my territory, though church is sometimes seen as … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury raises environmental implications of ship recycling regulations”

Bishop of Salisbury asks Government how it will engage faiths and NGOs for COP climate talks in Glasgow

On 18th November Baroness Boycott asked the Government, “further to the response by Lord Callanan on 20 October (HL Deb, col 1414), what plans they have for the campaigns taking place before COP 26 relating to behaviour change and the environment.” The Bishop of Salisbury asked a follow up question: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks Government how it will engage faiths and NGOs for COP climate talks in Glasgow”

Bishop of Salisbury asks when trade deal uncertainty will end

On 17th November Lord Wallace of Saltaire asked the Government “what assessment they have made of the comments by the Prime Minister of Canada on 11 November about the United Kingdom’s prospects of a trade deal with Canada.” The Bishop of Salisbury asked a follow up question: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, early … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks when trade deal uncertainty will end”

Bishop of Salisbury welcomes plans for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On 16th November 2020 the House of Lords heard a Government statement about plans to mark HM the Queen’s platinum jubilee. The Bishop of Salisbury responded: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: My Lords, I speak for all the Lords spiritual in welcoming this Statement about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is a great privilege for … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury welcomes plans for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee”

Bishop of Salisbury asks about tree planting, species and habitat destruction

On 29th October the Bishop of Salisbury received written answers to two questions of Government, on (i) tree planting targets and (ii) working with business to address species and habitat destruction caused by UK supply chains: The Lord Bishop of Salisbury: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reach their tree … Continue reading “Bishop of Salisbury asks about tree planting, species and habitat destruction”