Week in Westminster, 8th-12th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about air pollution, the environment, online safety, asylum decisions on religious grounds, bereavement benefits, Yemen, and rural services for young people,  and voted on the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 5) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on evangelical congregations, the 2020 Lambeth Conference, lay membership, pastoral support for women with unplanned pregnancies, and increasing church attendance. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 8th-12th April 2019”

Week in Westminster, 1st-5th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the 70th anniversary of NATO, charities and anti-corruption measures,  and voted on procedure for the European Union (Withdrawal) (Number 5) Bill.  They asked questions about rough sleepers,  religious freedom in China, street preachers, religious literacy in asylum applications, immigration detention, the benefit cap, Rwanda and Uganda, hare coursing. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on mining companies and dam safety, and forestry holdings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 1st-5th April 2019”

Week in Westminster 25th-29th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit and the problems of abuse targeted at MPs. They asked questions about children’ mental health services, special educational needs, gambling-related suicides, online gambling, religious freedom, Yemen, air pollution, youth services in rural areas, and the Honours system. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on digital connectivity, the 25th anniversary of the ordination of women, Easter church attendance, and land ownership.

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Week in Westminster 18th-22nd March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the Chancellor’s Spring Budget Statement, and refugee family reunion rules post-Brexit. They asked questions about relief efforts after Cyclone Idai, gambling, air pollution, environmental standards for new houses, refugees, the declining bee population, the early years education workforce, and inheritance tax for cohabiting family members. Bishops voted on an amendment to the Offensive Weapons Bill Continue reading “Week in Westminster 18th-22nd March 2019”

Week in Westminster 11th-15th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit and asked questions about prisoner rehabilitation, and the separation barrier in Israel. Bishops voted on amendments to the Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill, Trade Bill and House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered written questions on Christ Church Oxford and Bishop George Bell. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 11th-15th March 2019”

Week in Westminster 4th-8th March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on women in the Church, and climate change. They asked questions about female genital mutilation, gender equality in boardrooms, and the construction of new frigates in Portsmouth.

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Week in Westminster 25th February – 1st March 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on Brexit, new draft proposals for relationships education, and on an amendment about marriage to a Private Member’s Bill. Bishops also asked questions about online safety, and childcare costs. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 25th February – 1st March 2019”