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Israel: Us Embassy (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I welcome what the Minister of State has said this morning. I thought I would share with the House a sentence from a letter from the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem to President Trump: “peace…cannot be reached without Jerusalem being for all.” That was echoed yesterday by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who said: “The status quo of the City of...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Pupils: Bullying (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England Education Office issued an updated version of their Valuing All God’s Children guidance in November 2017. This guidance is designed to support primary and secondary schools in addressing homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. The new guidance reflects the latest equalities legislation, enabling schools to be inclusive environments where all pupils are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Future Trade Agreements: Agriculture (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Will the Secretary of State impress on the International Trade Secretary the fact that it is not just about goods, but about services? Will he join me in congratulating the British Horse Society on its 70th anniversary year and on being invited to provide an accreditation system for riding centres in China?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I have had many recent discussions with Departments, particularly the Home Office, not least because of my Registration of Marriage (No. 2) Bill, which is in train. There is an identical Bill before the House of Lords that would achieve the same purpose of allowing mothers to sign marriage certificates. I am not precious about which Bill gets to the finishing line first—we just need to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Yes. Many Members on both sides of the House have sought to achieve that end. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Charnwood (Edward Argar) for promoting an identical Bill, as well as the hon. Member for Neath (Christina Rees)—I want to emphasise that this is a cross-party issue—who presented a previous Bill. I received a letter from the Prime Minister in April in response to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Yes, I reassure my hon. Friend that the registers will remain in the vestry for that all-important photo. Under the proposed new system, on which the Church has consulted, vicars will download a marriage certificate, which will be signed by the couple, as is currently the case, and the vicar will complete the form by filling in the parents’ names, which explicitly gives the possibility...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Marriage Certificates: Equal Registration (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church has no fixed view on equal civil partnerships but, in general, if they are for stable, committed and long-lasting relationships, they are likely to be beneficial, especially when children are involved. Personally I support that, and for that reason I have rolled my Bill beyond the date for the consideration of my hon. Friend’s Bill to give him an opportunity to make progress.


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