Church Commissioner's News (2015)

8th December, 2015 - Debate on Marriage Certificate Registration

I secured an important Westminster Hall debate to discuss the future of Marriage Registration Certificates. The debate attracted members from all side of the House and focused on the format of marriage certificates.

You can watch or read about the debate here.

 

2nd December, 2015 - Extending air strikes into Syria 

As Second Church Estates Commissioner I am tasked by Her Majesty the Queen with being the voice of the established church in Parliament and have the privilege to represent majority views of its members.  You can read and watch my speech to the House of Commons on the extension of air strikes into Syria here.

 

27th November, 2015 - Caroline congratulates Paris Pilgrims

I was pleased to be able to offer my congratulations to those taking part in the Pilgrimage2Paris, ahead of the UN climate change summit.

Read my message to them here.

 

17th November, 2015 - Statement on the November Terror Attacks

Read the Second Church Estates Commissioner's statement on the November Terror Attacks is available on to read online. 

To view the statement, please click here.

 

5th November, 2015 - Church Commissioner's Question's 

The Church Commissioner answered monthly questions from MP's in the House of Commons Chamber. Questions from MP's this month included discussions on; Women Bishops, Air Quality, Funeral Charges and a national memorial service for civillians killed in WWII.

 

Read the debate in full here, or read responses to Written Questions.

 

 

26th October, 2015 - Caroline congratulates Rt. Rev. Rachel Treweek on House of Lords appointment

I was pleased to be able to offer my sincere congratulates to the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, who was introduced into Parliament as one of twenty six Lords Spiritual by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Bishop of London Richard Chartres.

Read my message in full here.

 

8th October, 2015 - Birmingham Cathedral's 'Annual Justice Service'.

I was pleased to be given the oppertunity to deliver a speech to the delegates at Birmingham Cathedral's 'Annual Justice Service'. I used this oppertunity to talk about  the challenges that face us when dealing with mass migration.

You can read the full text of my speech here.

 

11th September, 2015 - 'Assisted Dying Bill' Debate.  

As Second Church Estates Commissioner I am tasked by Her Majesty the Queen with being the voice of the established church in Parliament and have the privilege to represent majority views of its members in addition to the views of my constituents in Meriden. During this debate, I argued that there were insufficient safeguards in the proposed legislation to protect vulnerable people and voted against the legislation. 

The debate resulted in members overwhelmingly voting to reject the Assisted Dying Bill with 330 members voting against the proposed legislation. You can read my contribution to this debate here.

 

10th September, 2015 - Church Commissioners Questions

The Church Commissioner answered monthly questions from MP's in the House of Commons Chamber. Questions from MP's this month included discussions on; Use of church buildings and climate change, .

Read the debate in full hereor read responses to Written Questions.

 

18th June, 2015 - Church Commissioners Questions

The Church Commissioner answered monthly questions from MP's in the House of Commons Chamber. Questions from MP's this month included discussions on; church buildings, the General Synod, the persecution of christians in Iran and the wellbeing of the clergy. 

Read the debate in full here, or read responses to Written Questions.