English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:14 pm on 15th November 2017.

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Photo of The Bishop of Ely The Bishop of Ely Bishop 3:14 pm, 15th November 2017

My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, for his intervention, Lincoln having recently won a favourite cathedral award—Ely is not too bad either. Of course, these churches, cathedrals and chapels are part of our shared heritage, but does the Minister agree that even more important is the work undertaken by cathedrals and churches in food banks, in supporting economic regeneration and in working with homeless people and the lonely, especially in remote parts of the country? Does he agree that the Government should endorse that work and will he encourage the way in which they can support it through the use and deployment of these buildings?