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”

Week in Westminster, 19th – 23rd March 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops tabled a question on the social harm of fixed-odds betting terminals and spoke and voted on changes to free school meal entitlement for those on low incomes. Bishops spoke in debates on domestic abuse, the Commonwealth, the EU Withdrawal Bill, and paid tribute to a former Leader of the House of Lords. They asked questions about modern slavery, and religious persecution, and took part in votes on a Private Member’s Bill on hereditary peer by-elections. Five Church of England Measures were debated and approved by the House of Lords.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on wi-fi and broadband and use of church buildings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 19th – 23rd March 2018”

Week in Westminster, 12th – 16th March 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of Lincoln delivered his maiden speech during a debate on the economy. Bishops spoke on the economy and asked questions about hate speech online, attacks on Muslims, child sexual exploitation scandals, the Government’s integration strategy, child hunger and school meals, Jerusalem and the Church Lands Bill, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on wi-fi and broadband and use of church buildings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 12th – 16th March 2018”

Week in Westminster, 5th – 9th March 2018

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the incident in Salisbury. They asked questions on the Holy Sepulchre, civil unrest in the DRC, support available for female offenders and received answers on the incarceration of British citizens in the US, freedom of religion and belief and Child Tax Credits.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on the Church Investors Group, digital connectivity, environmental taxation, homelessness, the Holy Sepulchre , church infrastructure and financial education, and asked her own question about plastics reduction. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 5th – 9th March 2018”

Week in Westminster, 26th February – 2nd March 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in a debate on facial recognition technology and asked questions about disabled access, minimum unit pricing for alcohol, immigration detention, support for students with learning disabilities, and free school meals for children in poverty. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 26th February – 2nd March 2018”

Week in Westminster, 19th -23rd February 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the importance of volunteers, on nuclear weapons, and the Ecumenical Marriage Bill. They asked questions about the humanitarian crisis in Syria, women in the prison system, apprenticeships, attacks on Christians in Sudan, social care, child tax credits, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 19th -23rd February 2018”

Week in Westminster, 5th-9th February 2018

The Bishop of St Albans was on duty in the House of Lords throughout the week and asked questions on unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, plastics recycling, the Taylor Review of working practices, and women’s centres. Parliament rose for recess and will return on 20th February. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 5th-9th February 2018”