Week in Westminster, 17th-21st June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on intergenerational equality, antisemitism, and the new ‘breathing space’ scheme for people in serious debt. They asked questions about serious youth violence, food banks and food poverty, religious freedom and the persecution of Christians, and those with disabilities reporting abuse. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions from MPs on serious youth violence, clergy recruitment in London, the contribution of cathedrals to the local economy, employee pay gap, responsible investments, mobile phone masts, persecution of Christians, Thy Kingdom Come. The House of Commons passed the Church Representation and Ministers Measure. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 17th-21st June 2019”

Week in Westminster 10th-14th June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke on the regulation of online spaces, and Coventry City of Culture. They asked questions about lessons from Grenfell Tower, investment in peacebuilding, homophobic and misogynistic attacks, religious freedom in Hong Kong, support for young carers, and 5G mobile networks. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on affordable housing, land and forestry ownership in Scotland, grants, and coal use in churches and vicarages.

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Week in Westminster 3rd-7th June 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops introduced the Church Representation and Ministers Measure for approval, and spoke in debates on climate change and renewable energy, and heritage railways. They also asked questions about voluntary sector involvement in probation services, Egypt and Sudan, and rural bus services. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question about affordable housing.

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Week in Westminster, 20th-24th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about UK foreign policy, British Steel, and the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and voted on a Government motion on the rehabilitation of offenders. They asked questions about child poverty, Further Education funding, the UK’s clean air strategy, assisted suicide, gaming addiction, children in Iraq, terrorism in Sri Lanka and religious freedom in Pakistan. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishop of Birmingham responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her resignation.

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Week in Westminster, 13th-17th May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about Brexit and the UK’s defence policy, and asked questions about apprenticeships, and children in forced marriages. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Christian persecution in African countries, and aid to Sri Lanka.

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Week in Westminster 29th April – 3rd May 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about proposals for dealing with climate change, online harms and gaming addiction, and access to low-cost credit. They asked questions about rural crime, street preachers, and the impact of the two-child limit for certain benefit payments. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 29th April – 3rd May 2019”

Week in Westminster 22nd-26th April 2019

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke about new Relationships and Sex Education regulations, and the impact of digital advertising on children. They asked questions about the impact of the two-child limit for certain benefit payments, the attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, community sponsorship of refugees, and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on community use of church buildings. Continue reading “Week in Westminster 22nd-26th April 2019”