Week in Westminster, 20th-24th March 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to those who had lost their lives or been injured in Wednesday’s terrorist attack on Westminster, and those who acted as first responders.The Bishop of Leeds and the Speaker’s Chaplain both wrote in response to the events.

The House of Lords did not sit on Wednesday 22nd, but returned the following day. During the week bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s Digital Economy Bill, and in debates on UK-Russian relations and the impact of Brexit on both Gibraltar and the UK’s rural and farming sector. A question was also put about UK aid to hospitals in Gaza. In the House of Commons Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered two written questions, about Church Commissioner salaries and about yoga in church buildings.
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Week in Westminster, 13th-17th March 2017

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This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill,  and the Higher Education and Research Bill. Bishops spoke in debates on the 2017 Budget, end of life care chaplaincy and the Commonwealth and responded to Government statements on National Insurance and on the EU Court ruling on religious symbols.They asked questions about religious freedom in Egypt, Iraq, accessibility of churches and on the work of the Home Office. In the House of Commons Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered two written questions about church land and the cathedral in Peterborough. Continue reading

Week in Westminster, 6th-10th March 2017

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This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the Criminal Finances Bill and proposed, spoke and voted on amendments to the  Higher Education and Research Bill. Bishops also spoke in debates on assisted suicide, and a Private Member’s bill on ratifying the Istanbul Convention on gender based violence.They asked questions about Vauxhall-Opel, food banks, unaccompanied child refugees, gender-based violence, fly-tipping, humanitarian aid and minorities returning to Iraq. Continue reading

Week in Westminster, 20th-24th February 2017

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

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Government’s EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill and gave support to the Homelessness Reduction Bill. They also spoke and voted on amendments to the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Bill and Digital Economy Bill. Bishops spoke in a debate on bereavement support payments and asked questions about indeterminate prison sentences, mental health, air pollution, protests in West Papua, rail services, the benefit cap, development aid, Burma and Iraq. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a questions on security. Continue reading

Week in Westminster 6th-10th February 2017

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This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Government’s Digital Economy Bill and voted on amendments to the Government’s Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill. Bishops spoke in debates on heritage, Syria and self-harm by young people, and asked questions about the new Housing White Paper, religious literacy of asylum caseworkers, mental health in the workplace, and on residential care staff. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on pay, employment and security.  Continue reading

Week in Westminster, 30th January – 3rd February 2017

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Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Technical and Further Education Bill and Baroness Jones’ House of Lords Reform Bill. They also spoke in a debate on disability rights post-Brexit and asked questions about educational leadership, eviction of tenants on universal credit and food standards post-Brexit.  Continue reading

Week in Westminster, 23rd-27th January 2017

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

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke to amendments to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill, Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill and responded to a Government statement on EU withdrawal. They also spoke in debates on developing countries, planning, and the pressures on EU nationals living in the UK. Bishops asked questions about imprisoned Sudanese pastors, forced marriage, Burundi, Islam, child poverty and electricity supply.


Entrance to New Robing RoomThe Bishop of Durham was on duty throughout the week, leading prayers in the Lords Chamber at the start of each sitting day.


Monday 23rd January

durham-230117The Bishop of Durham moved an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill, on the historic powers of the Archbishop of Canterbury to award degrees. He also asked a question on imprisoned Sudanese pastors.

The Archbishop of York spoke in support of another amendment, on diversity in Higher Education institutions.

The Bishop of St Albans received written answers to questions on forced marriage.


Tuesday 24th January

york-170117archbishops-canterbury-240117The Archbishop of Canterbury responded to a Government statement on the process of withdrawal from the EU.

The Archbishop of York responded to a question on Islam and also spoke in a debate on the National Policy for the Built Environment.

The Bishop of Durham asked a question about child poverty. He also received a written answer about Burundi.

The Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Chester took part in a vote on the Government’s High Speed Rail Bill.


Wednesday 25th January

durham-230117-bThe Bishop of Durham co-sponsored an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill about student support for refugees.


Thursday 26th January

derby-1911714.03 Bishop of ChesterThe Bishop of Chester asked a question about future electricity supply.

The Bishop of Derby spoke in a debate about employment opportunities for women and girls in the developing world.

The Bishop of Durham spoke in a debate about the situation of EU nationals living in the UK, highlighting the effects of uncertainty on families and communities.


Friday 27th January

The Bishop of Durham spoke during the committee stage of Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill.