Week in Westminster, 20th-24th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about UK foreign policy, British Steel, and the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and voted on a Government motion on the rehabilitation of offenders. They asked questions about child poverty, Further Education funding, the UK’s clean air strategy, assisted suicide, gaming addiction, children in Iraq, terrorism in Sri Lanka and religious freedom in Pakistan. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Birmingham responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her resignation.

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Week in Westminster, 13th-17th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about Brexit and the UK’s defence policy, and asked questions about apprenticeships, and children in forced marriages. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Christian persecution in African countries, and aid to Sri Lanka.

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Week in Westminster, 6th-10th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about the toxic nature of much public debate, and welcomed new protective security funding for places of worship. They asked questions about modern slavery at car washes, the NHS and gambling related harm, diversity in public appointments, and biodegradable plastic bags. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on the Bishop of Truro’s review into persecuted Christians overseas, the attacks on Christian worshipers in Sri Lanka, and fire safety in cathedrals. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 6th-10th May 2019”

Week in Westminster 29th April – 3rd May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about proposals for dealing with climate change, online harms and gaming addiction, and access to low-cost credit. They asked questions about rural crime, street preachers, and the impact of the two-child limit for certain benefit payments. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 29th April – 3rd May 2019”

Week in Westminster 22nd-26th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about new Relationships and Sex Education regulations, and the impact of digital advertising on children. They asked questions about the impact of the two-child limit for certain benefit payments, the attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, community sponsorship of refugees, and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on community use of church buildings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 22nd-26th April 2019”

Week in Westminster, 8th-12th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about air pollution, the environment, online safety, asylum decisions on religious grounds, bereavement benefits, Yemen, and rural services for young people,  and voted on the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 5) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on evangelical congregations, the 2020 Lambeth Conference, lay membership, pastoral support for women with unplanned pregnancies, and increasing church attendance. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 8th-12th April 2019”

Week in Westminster, 1st-5th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the 70th anniversary of NATO, charities and anti-corruption measures,  and voted on procedure for the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 5) Bill.  They asked questions about rough sleepers,  religious freedom in China, street preachers, religious literacy in asylum applications, immigration detention, the benefit cap, Rwanda and Uganda, hare coursing. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on mining companies and dam safety, and forestry holdings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 1st-5th April 2019”