Church of England Week in Westminster, 8th – 12th December 2014

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

Westminster-abbeyThis week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about the Childcare Payments Bill, the Modern Slavery Bill, economic leadership for cities, female genital mutilation, global development goals and the Cohabitation Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about British nationals abroad, domestic violence, child poverty, mesothelioma research funding, forced marriage and hunger in Britain.

Bishops also voted on amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, during the ping-pong stage of the Bill’s consideration.

In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, answered questions about  the maintenance of cathedrals, church repairs, bat damage in churches and general election hustings Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster, 8th – 12th December 2014”

Church of England Week in Westminster, 1st – 5th December 2014

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Westminster-abbeyThis week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about the Modern Slavery Bill, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, the Autumn Statement and the role of soft power and non-military responses to conflict prevention, which was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

They also asked questions about South Sudan, Syria and Iran.

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 24th – 28th November 2014

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

Westminster-abbeyThis week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Consumer Rights Bill and the role of religion and belief in British public life. They also took part in a division on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about Universal Credit, the Work Capability Assessment,  domestic abuse, South Sudan and energy prices.

In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner asked a question about funding for cathedrals.

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Farewell to the Bishop of Newcastle

After twelve years on the Bishops’ Benches in the House of Lords, Rt Rev Martin Wharton retires as Bishop of Newcastle at the end of this month. We look back at some of his work in parliament.14.03 Bishop of NewcastleRt Rev Martin Wharton joined the House of Lords in 2002, five years after becoming Bishop of Newcastle. At the time of his retirement in November 2014 only two other serving Lords Spiritual had spent longer in the House. His contributions over those years were notable for being measured, meaningful – usually aimed at highlighting a matter of social or economic injustice – and very often involved reference to the people and communities of the north-east. Continue reading “Farewell to the Bishop of Newcastle”

Church of England Week in Westminster, 17th – 21st November 2014

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops spoke in debates about the Modern Slavery Bill, the Azure Card and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also took part in divisions on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about the regulation of cold calling, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, local authority welfare spending, the Istanbul Convention, adoption services and visa applications from the Commonwealth.

 

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 10th – 14th November 2014

Welcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

Westminster-abbeyIn the two sitting days before the House of Lords rose for the short November recess, bishops spoke in debates about carbon capture in the Government’s Infrastructure Bill and electoral registration in the Government’s Wales Bill. Bishops also took part in votes on both Bills. They also asked questions about the Living Wage and freedom of religion in Egypt. Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster, 10th – 14th November 2014”