Week in Westminster, 11th-15th June 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on UK citizenship fees, an amendment to the Government’s Civil Liability Bill and the membership of a Lords committee. They asked questions about crimes against humanity in Myanmar, and funding for women’s centres. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on Seaham Parish Church. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 11th-15th June 2018”

Week in Westminster, 21st May – 25th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of London was introduced  and took her seat on the Bishops’ Benches. Bishops also asked  questions about religious literacy in Government, the UK Shared Prosperity fund, and support for  hospitals and injured protesters in Gaza.

The Bishop of Oxford and Bishop of Worcester were on duty in the Lords throughout the week, reading prayers at the start of each sitting day.

Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 21st May – 25th May 2018”

Week in Westminster, 14th May – 18th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of St Albans welcomed the Government announcement on the reduction in the maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £2. Bishops also asked  questions about Gaza, immigration removals and appeals, renewable energy, forced marriage, childcare costs, Universal Credit, NHS chaplaincy, forestry, and support for cathedrals. Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the Bishop of Lincoln was appointed to a Lords Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 14th May – 18th May 2018”

Week in Westminster, 7th May – 11th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, the current situation in Myanmar, the Refugee (Family Reunion) Bill and the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill. They also responded to a Government statement on the Iran Nuclear Deal and asked a question about strengthening the family. Bishops also voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 7th May – 11th May 2018”

Week in Westminster, 30th April – 4th May 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke and voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill, and asked questions about protecting children from gambling advertising, on the benefit cap and two-child limit, plastic materials in packaging and clothing,  and assistance for refugees. 

Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 30th April – 4th May 2018”

Week in Westminster, 23rd – 27th April 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the future sustainability of the NHS and on the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill, responded to a Government statement on immigration removal targets, and asked questions about social mobility, refugees and Gaza. Bishops also voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill. In the House of Commons Dame Caroline Spelman MP answered questions on behalf of the Church Commissioners on freedom of religion in the Commonwealth, rural schools, out of school settings, recycling and thefts from churches. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 23rd – 27th April 2018”

Week in Westminster, 16th – 20th April 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on national security in relation to Syria and Russia, and on lifelong learning. They responded to Government statements on the treatment by immigration authorities of the Windrush generation, and military action in Syria, and asked a question about Government plans to promote freedom of religion and belief. Bishops voted on amendments to the Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill and Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill.  Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 16th – 20th April 2018”