Church of England Week in Westminster, 24th – 28th November 2014

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Westminster-abbeyThis week, bishops in the House of Lords spoke in debates about the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Consumer Rights Bill and the role of religion and belief in British public life. They also took part in a division on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about Universal Credit, the Work Capability Assessment,  domestic abuse, South Sudan and energy prices.

In the House of Commons, the Second Church Estates Commissioner asked a question about funding for cathedrals.

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 17th – 21st November 2014

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Westminster-abbeyThis week bishops spoke in debates about the Modern Slavery Bill, the Azure Card and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They also took part in divisions on the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill.

They also asked questions about the regulation of cold calling, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, local authority welfare spending, the Istanbul Convention, adoption services and visa applications from the Commonwealth.

 

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 10th – 14th November 2014

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Westminster-abbeyIn the two sitting days before the House of Lords rose for the short November recess, bishops spoke in debates about carbon capture in the Government’s Infrastructure Bill and electoral registration in the Government’s Wales Bill. Bishops also took part in votes on both Bills. They also asked questions about the Living Wage and freedom of religion in Egypt. Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster, 10th – 14th November 2014”

Church of England Week in Westminser, 3rd – 7th November 2014

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In the House of Lords over the past week, bishops have proposed amendments to the Assisted Dying Bill, supported amendments to the Government’s Consumer Rights Bill and Infrastructure Bill and spoken about women facing homelessness, domestic violence and social exclusion, and low-income and vulnerable consumers. Bishops have also asked questions about the Chilcot Inquiry, financial advisory services, Iraq, the Central African Republic, Workplace Capability Assessments, and Saudi Arabia.

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 27th-31st October 2014

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In the past week, the Second Church Estates Commissioner has answered questions in the House of Commons on the subjects of the ordination of women, extremism, episcopal vacancies and Church investments.

In the House of Lords bishops have supported amendments to the Government’s Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, Deregulation Bill and Serious Crime Bill and spoken about music education, devolution and the Scottish referendum, and slavery in supply chains. Bishops have also asked questions about the Green Climate Fund, the Troubled Families programme, blasphemy laws in Pakistan, Iraq, youth unemployment, Syria, Boko Haram and migrants and refugees.

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Church of England Week in Westminster, 20th-25th October 2014

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In the past week, the Second Church Estates Commissioner has led the debate on the Church of England Measure for Women Bishops, which was passed by MPs and then went on to receive Royal Assent.

In the House of Lords bishops have supported amendments to the Government’s Criminal Justice and Courts Bill and Deregulation Bill and spoken about apprenticeships and further education. Bishops have also asked questions about free schools, freedom of religion in Iran and fuel costs. Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster, 20th-25th October 2014”

Church of England Week in Westminster, 13th-17th October 2014

Red BenchesWelcome to the Church of England’s weekly round-up of activity in Parliament.

In the past week, bishops in the House of Lords have led the debate on the Church of England Measure for Women Bishops, which was passed by Peers. They have also spoken in debates on the Government’s strategy for social justice, on wind farms and put questions on rented homes, ISIL in Iraq/Syria and the situation in Ukraine. Continue reading “Church of England Week in Westminster, 13th-17th October 2014”