Second Reading

Part of Equality (Titles) Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 12:55 pm on 25th October 2013.

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Photo of The Bishop of Guildford The Bishop of Guildford Bishop 12:55 pm, 25th October 2013

My Lords, I am grateful for the courtesy of the House in allowing me to slip into the gap, as it were. I shall, I hope, be courteous in return by being very brief in so doing.

Members on this Bench have no direct interest in the content of the Bill, for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, I express support in principle and, indeed, in practice for the Bill before your Lordships’ House and hope to hear that the government Front Bench is also sympathetic. I will not rehearse what has already been said in the House in support of the Bill, which I fully agree with, but am sorely tempted to slip in an amendment to the effect that women bishops could be ordained in the Church of England.