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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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.

Week in Westminster, 16-20th January 2017

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Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about populism and nationalism, supported the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Bill and moved an amendment on support for disabled students to the Higher Education and Research Bill. They also asked questions about fair trade, the impact of Brexit on asylum seekers and tackling self-harm by young people. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on Israel/Palestine, human trafficking, prisons, social media, low carbon economy, tourism and lead theft. She also answered written questions on church window repairs and measures to tackle indebtedness. Continue reading

Week in Westminster, 9th-13th January 2017

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This week in the House of Lords bishops hosted a debate on armed forces welfare, sponsored an amendment to the Government’s Higher Education and Research Bill, and spoke in debates about the armed forces, the north of England and the situation of the Rohingya Muslim people in Burma. They also asked questions about underage online gambling, the situation of UK and EU nationals after Brexit and the safety of people returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about churchyard biodiversity in the Blackburn Diocese.
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Week in Westminster, 19th-23rd December 2016

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The House of Lords sat for three days before rising for the Christmas recess. In the Lords bishops spoke in debates about social mobility, press regulation and Universal Credit. They also asked questions about the Prevent strategy, prison safety and homelessness and received written answers about Syrian refugees and visa applications from Iraq and Syria.

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Week in Westminster, 12th-16th December 2016

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This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in a debate on the Government’s Digital Economy Bill and voted on amendments to the Government’s Policing and Crime Bill. Bishops asked questions about inter-faith relations, rural affordable housing, overseas students, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading