Bishop of Ely asks about school exclusions and education of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

On 16th January 2019 the Bishop of Ely, Rt Revd Stephen Conway received three written answers to questions, on school exclusions and the education of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers:

The Lord Bishop of Ely: 

(i) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their Race Disparity Audits, what steps they are taking to ensure that educational institutions improve the standard of reading among Gypsies, Roma and Travellers aged 6–7.

(ii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their Race Disparity Audits, what steps they are taking to ensure that educational institutions improve attainment at GCSE level for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

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Bishop of Ely asks Government about impact of citizenship fees on children’s welfare

On 23rd October 2018 Baroness Lister of Burtersett asked Her Majesty’s Government ‘what assessment they have made of the impact on children of the £1,012 fee to apply to register their entitlement to British citizenship.’ The Bishop of Ely, Rt Revd Stephen Conway asked a follow up question:

The Lord Bishop of Ely: My Lords, has the Minister been in contact with the many school leaders who say that there are issues not only around identity, but around the economic harm done to children through food insecurity and their basic needs not being met? I wonder whether, even ahead of the review, an undertaking might be given to waive fees for the poorest children, particularly those who are looked after. Continue reading “Bishop of Ely asks Government about impact of citizenship fees on children’s welfare”

Bishop of Ely calls for opportunity for all to prosper in careers education debate.

On the 6th September 2018 the House of Lords debated ‘the case for high-quality careers education and advice to be available to all students’. The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, spoke in the debate about the need for ‘the fullest possible rolling out’ of the Government’s careers strategy.Ely 2

The Lord Bishop of Ely: My Lords, I share with the noble Baroness, Lady Bull, whose wisdom I have been delighted to receive this afternoon, the fact of belonging to a family where there was no prior history of higher education. The only careers advice that I received at school as a working-class boy from south London was to read extra Latin in the sixth form—and look what happened. Continue reading “Bishop of Ely calls for opportunity for all to prosper in careers education debate.”

Bishop of Ely asks Government about funding for more women’s centres

On 11th June 2018 Baroness Fall asked Her Majesty’s Government “what percentage of women in prison have dependants under 16 years old; and what is the average length of stay in prison for such women.” The Bishop of Ely, Rt Revd Stephen Conway, asked a follow-up question:

The Lord Bishop of Ely: My Lords, the Ministry of Justice has produced clear evidence that women’s centres are effective at reducing reoffending, provide joined-up community services to support physical and mental health needs and give more opportunities to women to have access to their children. What assessment does the Minister make of the need for increased funding to sustain and open more women’s centres? Continue reading “Bishop of Ely asks Government about funding for more women’s centres”

Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 8th May 2018 the House of Lords considered amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill at its Report Stage. The Bishops of Ely, Leeds and St Albans took part in the four votes:

The Lord Bishop of Leeds moved amendment 93, before clause 14, to insert the new clause Future interaction with the law and agencies of the EU.

Contents: 298 | Not Contents: 227 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Ely, Leeds and St Albans voted content. 


The Duke of Wellington moved amendment 85, in clause 14, page 10, line 40, to leave out from “means” to end of line 41 and insert “such day as a Minister of the Crown may by regulations appoint (and see subsection (2));”. 

Contents: 311 | Not Contents: 233 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Leeds and St Albans voted content. 


Lord Alli moved amendment 110A, in clause 19, page 15, line 21, at end to insert:

“(2B) But none of the remaining provisions may come into force until it is a negotiating objective of the Government to ensure that an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day.

(2C) Regulations under this Act may not repeal or amend subsection (2B).”

Contents: 247 | Not Contents: 218 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishops of Ely and Leeds voted content.


Lord Lisvane moved amendment 70, in Schedule 7, page 44, line 35, to leave out from beginning to end of line 20 on page 45 and insert:

Parliamentary committees to sift regulations made under section 7, 8, 9 or 17.

Contents: 225 | Not Contents: 194 | Result: Government Defeat

The Bishop of Leeds voted content. 

(Via Parliament.uk)

Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 25th April 2018 the House of Lords considered amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill at its Report Stage. A vote took place on an amendment to the Bill, on ‘Henry VIII’ powers of Government, in which three bishops took part:  Continue reading “Votes: EU (Withdrawal) Bill”

Bishop of Ely questions Government about teacher recruitment in rural areas

Ely 2On the 12th April the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway received a written answer to his question about teacher recruitment in rural areas.

 

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