Church of England Week in Westminster 7th-11th September 2015

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Westminster-abbeyIn the first week back after the summer recess the bishops in the House of Lords spoke about child exploitation, debt management, civil partnerships, child mental health and benefit sanctions.

In the House of Commons Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, spoke in the debate on the Assisted Dying Bill and answered questions on metal theft, open churches, climate change and food banks.

Both Caroline Spelman and the Bishop of Peterborough joined other Members of Parliament in paying tribute to the Queen upon becoming the longest reigning monarch. Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster 7th-11th September 2015”

Church of England Week in Westminster 20th-24th July 2015

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Westminster-abbeyIn the last week before Parliament rose for the summer recess, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in response to the Budget and on the Mediterranean migrant situation. They also asked questions on payday loan advertising, fixed odds betting terminals and the role of arts in education. Both the House of Commons and House of Lords will return in September.

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Church of England Week in Westminster 13th-17th July 2015

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ABC Lords 160715This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about religious freedom, the BBC, and shared British values. The Bishop of St Albans led a debate on sustainability of rural communities. Bishops also spoke and voted on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill, the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and on universal credit regulations and took part in debates on Private Member’s Bills on accessible sports grounds, online safety and a constitutional convention. The Bishop of Leicester, former Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, gave his final speech to the Lords before his retirement this summer. 

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Church of England Week in Westminster 6th-10th July 2015

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This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke about Greece, Gaza, investigatory powers and the contribution of ethnic minorities to faith communities and public institutions. They also asked questions on Universal Credit, share ownership, Burma, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, palliative care and hospital chaplaincy.

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Church of England Week in Westminster 29th June- 3rd July 2015

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Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops in the House of Lords spoke about the response to the attacks in Tunisia, global challenges facing the UK and mental health care for children and young people. They also asked questions on funding to help deaf people find work, climate finance, the constitution and rural rail lines. Bishops also took part in debates in committee on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner answered a written question about Commissioner land in Peterborough.
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Church of England Week in Westminster 22nd-26th June 2015

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Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops in the House of Lords asked questions on the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change, Christians in Iraq, palliative care chaplaincy, relationship support, social media, mental health, GPs and wind turbine subsidies. They also spoke about child hunger during school holidays and on the Government’s Psychoactive Substances Bill.

In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, spoke during a debate on the Government’s Education and Adoption Bill and answered questions on church buildings and solar power.
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Church of England Week in Westminster 15th-19th June 2015

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This week bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates on the Government’s Childcare Bill, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the role of the armed forces, transport in the north of England and regulation of the polling industry. Bishops also asked questions on violence against women, fuel poverty, gaming machines and advertising aimed at children. In the House of Commons the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, answered questions from MPs on church buildings, Christians in Iran, clergy wellbeing and the diversity of Synod.

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