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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery: Libya (17 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Will the Minister commend the work the Church of England is doing on modern-day slavery with its We See You campaign to help us all identify victims, including from Libya, more easily? All too often they are invisible to us.

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Unfortunately, I had to rush a family member to hospital last Saturday afternoon at a time when my local GP surgery is no longer open, but that gave me a chance to see at first hand how the winter pressures are being dealt with, and I have some good news to share with the House. Our local GPs came together this year and agreed to run an urgent care centre at the hospital with a doctor on duty...

NHS Winter Crisis (10 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: May I bring the Secretary of State back to the benefit of having GP-led services in hospitals to take the pressure off A&Es? I commend Solihull Hospital for doing just that and reducing appreciably the number of examples of winter pressures being raised with us? Could that be replicated across the NHS?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (19 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I would like to thank the Minister for listening very sensitively to the victims of Paterson, the rogue surgeon, many of whom are constituents of mine. Does he agree that the evidence from the Hillsborough inquiry is that a bishop-led inquiry can indeed get justice and closure for victims? Will he join me in wishing the Bishop of Norwich great success in getting a good outcome from this inquiry?

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...

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.

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

Caroline Spelman: I ask myself the very same question. There have been several attempts and undertakings, including by the previous Labour Government in 2002. I urge colleagues on both sides of the House to do everything they can to make sure that we achieve this change in the law and give fair wind to the Registration of Marriage (No. 2) Bill.

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

Caroline Spelman: When answering that question on previous occasions, I have given examples of how churches reach out to the surrounding community so that the thought of getting married is not intimidating. It does not need to be expensive, either—getting married in church is probably the least part of what it actually costs to put on a wedding. I can point the hon. Gentleman towards our materials to...

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

Caroline Spelman: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point, which really came out in the Westminster Hall debate that I secured. A number of hon. Members who are themselves the children of a single parent—in most cases, the mother—were really disappointed to find out at the moment they got married that their mum, who had done everything possible to bring them up, was not, under existing law,...

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

Caroline Spelman: I would like to clear up any possible misunderstanding that the Church is in any way against making this change: the reverse is true. The Church has consulted on changing the marriage registration process. It will save money through the practical reality of moving to an electronic register. The General Register Office is in favour of making the change, and there is cross-party and...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Egypt: Attacks on Religious Communities (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church supports ecumenical agencies such as Embrace the Middle East. That, in turn, has supported four projects, including for the Coptic Evangelical Organisation for Social Services in Cairo, which supports more than 2 million Egyptians in more than 100 rural and urban communities.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Egypt: Attacks on Religious Communities (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church regularly facilitates opportunities for Church representatives to speak to Government Departments. Only this week we facilitated a visit by a bishop from Zimbabwe, who spoke to Foreign Office Ministers. I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the interesting speech made by the Bishop of Peterborough on 5 December, in which he talked very much about the hidden victims of...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners, Was Asked: Egypt: Attacks on Religious Communities (7 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: I certainly commend Open Doors. I recommend to Members next Wednesday afternoon’s “Hope for the Middle East” event in the Terrace Pavilion, where Open Doors will be encouraging us all to support the plight of those people. As that was probably the last question to me before the recess, may I wish everybody a happy Christmas? Let us not forget that Jesus was carried in his...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (26 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: Last week the Church of England launched the Clewer Initiative, which is aimed at tackling modern-day slavery and draws on excellent work pioneered by the Bishop of Derby. This three-year project has been designed to help dioceses detect instances of modern-day slavery in their midst and provide appropriate support for victims. There are many tools available in the local community to help end...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (26 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Warwickshire NFU convened a roundtable on this matter last month after a terrible spate of fly-tipping. It has two asks of the Minister: can we provide more briefing for magistrates so that fines are proportionate to the crime; and can we extend fixed penalty notices to the statutory duty of care for the disposal of waste on households?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Income Inequality (26 Oct 2017)

Caroline Spelman: The Church has committed to being a living wage employer and for many decades has paid the same level of minimum stipend regardless of gender or geography. I can only answer for Church policy, but bishops in particular speak to relevant Ministers in the Treasury and other Departments about the impact of their policies.


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