Week in Westminster 18th-22nd March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement, and refugee family reunion rules post-Brexit. They asked questions about relief efforts after Cyclone Idai, gambling, air pollution, environmental standards for new houses, refugees, the declining bee population, the early years education workforce, and inheritance tax for cohabiting family members. Bishops voted on an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill Continue reading “Week in Westminster 18th-22nd March 2019”

Week in Westminster 11th-15th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit and asked questions about prisoner rehabilitation, and the separation barrier in Israel. Bishops voted on amendments to the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill, Trade Bill and House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on Christ Church Oxford and Bishop George Bell. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 11th-15th March 2019”

Week in Westminster 4th-8th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on women in the Church, and climate change. They asked questions about female genital mutilation, gender equality in boardrooms, and the construction of new frigates in Portsmouth.

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Week in Westminster 25th February – 1st March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit, new draft proposals for relationships education, and on an amendment about marriage to a Private Member’s Bill. Bishops also asked questions about online safety, and childcare costs. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 25th February – 1st March 2019”

Week in Westminster 18th-22nd February 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about the two-child limit and racist incidents in schools. In the House of Commons questions were asked of the Church Commissioners on rural parish clergy, metal theft, bell ringing and gravestones. Written answers were provided on Christian persecution overseas, homelessness, and married couples’ tax allowances. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 18th-22nd February 2019”

Week in Westminster, 11th-15th February 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in a debate about UK immigration policy, and asked questions about child refugees, the beef farming sector, alternatives to plastics, and tensions between Rwanda and Burundi . Bishops also took part in a vote on an amendment about death penalty assurances, to the¬†Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 11th-15th February 2019”

Week in Westminster, 4th-8th February 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about nursing provision in rural areas, Zimbabwe, police widows, Nissan, gambling addiction, and access to funding for community groups. A bishop spoke during the debate on the Government’s Offensive Weapons Bill about the proposed new Knife Crime Prevention Orders. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 4th-8th February 2019”