Caroline Spelman on advantages of Church House, Westminster hosting Parliament during renovations

On 31st January 2018, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP spoke in the House of Commons during a debate on a report of the Joint Committee about the restoration and renewal of the Palace of Westminster. Dame Caroline spoke twice, raising the possibility of adding Church House to the list of buildings which could be used to accommodate Parliament during the restoration of the Palace.

Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden) (Con): I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way—she is getting a lot of requests. On the subject of decanting, and just for the record—I will speak to this later—the House should know that until very recently there was a contract with Church House, under which, should we have needed to decant at short notice in an emergency, which can happen at any time, Church House had always stood ready to accommodate Parliament, as it did during the second world war. Continue reading “Caroline Spelman on advantages of Church House, Westminster hosting Parliament during renovations”

Church Commissioners’ Questions – marriage, vocations, gay conversion therapy, Middle East Christians, counter terrorism

17.12.07 Carolinespelman2On 25th January 2018 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs on marriage registration, vocations, gay conversion therapy, Christians in the Middle East, and counter terrorism measures at York Minster and other religious premises. The full transcript is below:

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Minister commends work of Church-run Clewer Initiative to combat modern slavery

Caroline 4On the 17th January 2018 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, asked a question in the House of Commons of the Minister for the Middle East. Dame Caroline highlighted the work the Church is doing to tackle modern-day slavery through the Clewer Initiative

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Church Commissioners’ Written Answer: St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne

On Tuesday 16th January the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered a written question from the Rt Hon Frank Field MP about the future of St Elisabeth’s Church, Eastbourne.

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Church Commissioners’ answer: Scrooby Parish Church

On 11th January 2018 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman, answered a written question from John Mann MP about St. Wilfrid’s Church, Scrooby:

John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what progress has been made on securing visitor toilets for Scrooby church. 121283
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Church Commissioners’ written answer – statistics on answers

spelman040717 bOn 21st December 2017 the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered a written question from Chris Ruane MP about written answers: Continue reading “Church Commissioners’ written answer – statistics on answers”

Second Church Estates Commissioner welcomes Bishop of Norwich led Paterson Inquiry

17.12.07 Carolinespelman2On 19th December the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP asked a question to Health ministers about the new Paterson Inquiry led by the Bishop of Norwich

Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden) (Con): I would like to thank the Minister for listening very sensitively to the victims of Paterson, the rogue surgeon, many of whom are constituents of mine. Does he agree that the evidence from the Hillsborough inquiry is that a bishop-led inquiry can indeed get justice and closure for victims? Will he join me in wishing the Bishop of Norwich great success in getting a good outcome from this inquiry? Continue reading “Second Church Estates Commissioner welcomes Bishop of Norwich led Paterson Inquiry”