Week in Westminster, 12th-16th November 2018

This week in Parliament bishops spoke on the Budget, Brexit and the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday. They also asked questions on violent crime, the death penalty and vaping. They also marked UK Parliament week and the centenary of women’s suffrage with a parliamentary event celebrating the role of women in the church and public life. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 12th-16th November 2018”

Week in Westminster, 5th-9th November 2018

This week in Parliament the Bishop of St Albans asked questions of the Government about knife crime and British arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on clergy carers. Parliament rose on Tuesday evening for the short November recess. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 5th-9th November 2018”

Week in Westminster 29th October – 2nd November

Westminster-abbeyThis week in the House of Lords bishops asked questions about support for children with a parent in prison, the delay in lowering the stakes on betting machines, and on rail fares. They spoke in debates on problem gambling and the impact on family life of reductions in welfare benefits. The Bishop of  Newcastle welcomed the creation of the new North of Tyne combined authority. 

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Week in Westminster, 22nd-26th October 2018

This week in the House of Lords the Bishop of Bristol was introduced as a new Member, and bishops asked questions about the impact of Brexit on food security and the impact of citizenship fees on children’s welfare. The Bishop of St Albans joined Peers in calling for the reduction in betting machine stakes to be introduced without further delay. The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, led a debate in the House of Commons on allowing asylum seekers the right to work. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 22nd-26th October 2018”

Week in Westminster, 15th-19th October 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on religious intolerance and prejudice, and on music education. They asked questions about prisoner activities, Yorkshire devolution, Brexit, religious literacy in asylum claim processing, Burundi, and cases of sexual abuse.  In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered questions on Wonga, religious freedom, community use of churchyards, First World War commemorations, social housing, Salisbury Cathedral properties, and diversity in church leadership.
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Week in Westminster, 8th-12th October 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops spoke in debates on the Government’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, corporate governance and employee shareholding, and the impact of Brexit on the arts. They asked questions about the death penalty and the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. The Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a question on corporate engagement. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 8th-12th October 2018”

Week in Westminster, 10th-14th September 2018

This week in the House of Lords bishops led a debate on women’s centres, and spoke in debates on antisemitism, problem gambling, and the Government’s Victims Strategy. They asked questions about gambling advertising, countering extremism, and the anniversaries of D-day and the Battle of Arnhem. Continue reading “Week in Westminster, 10th-14th September 2018”