Results 1–20 of 4744 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Caroline Spelman

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Tree Planting (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Mr Speaker, I am sure that in your constituency and mine there will be a lot of tree planting to replace the trees that have to be felled for the construction of High Speed 2. I welcome the Minister back to her role. Will she give serious consideration to the proposal for a new national park at the heart of the west midlands conurbation, so that the biodiversity lost can be offset at scale?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination Numbers (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I would first like to congratulate all those ordained deacon or priest last month. Within the hon. Lady’s diocese of York, four women and three men were ordained priest, alongside eight women and two men who were ordained deacon. Nationally, the Church of England is on target to increase the number of people who are recommended for training in 2020 by 50%.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination Numbers (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church has come to an accommodation on that issue. I think that the gradual increase in the number of women who are coming into ministry, and people’s experience of being ministered to by a female priest, is in itself changing social attitudes in a holistic way. I expect to see more and more women coming into post, and therefore more and more people getting used to seeing them there.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination Numbers (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: There are no barriers to women becoming ordinands in the Church of England. As I have just explained, there has been a sharp increase in the number of women coming into ministry, and the overall number of ordinands entering training has increased by 14% over the past two years. The number of women under the age of 32 entering training has actually increased by 27%, which shows that it is an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ordination Numbers (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: It is obviously a pressure for male and female priests, who might find themselves in charge of eight or 10 very small, rural ministries. The Church has looked at how sustainable that is, and the status of some churches has been changed to that of festival churches, which are open only on the high days and holy days of Christmas and Easter, to try to ensure that the workload is sustainable. It...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church of England Schools: Creative Learning (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: As the largest provider of education in England, with 4,700 schools, the Church’s “Vision for Education” sets out a commitment to educate the whole child. That includes nurturing “academic habits and skills…and creativity across the whole range of school subjects”. This involves a commitment to educating for character rather than a sole focus on academic...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church of England Schools: Creative Learning (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: That is a name with which we are all familiar. I found that the only way of maintaining any sort of control in a Sunday school class was to do arts and crafts, which seemed to absorb everyone. I am a strong advocate of that kind of practical creativity, but I will certainly look into what the V&A is advocating.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I am very grateful for that question, because it allows me to pay tribute to the work of the Bishop of Derby, who has just announced his retirement, but who has been the Church of England lead in the House of Lords in tackling modern-day slavery. It was Bishop Alastair who pioneered the idea of creating an information pack for children in schools so that they could understand the horror of...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England has always had a great heart for the marginalised, the excluded and the vulnerable. Through the “We see you” campaign, we are starting to raise awareness in society of what we often do not see around us. The Church is working in all schools to raise children’s awareness of this modern form of slavery, together with the charity Just Enough UK—as...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: My personal view is that the approach taken by countries such as Sweden, Norway and, more recently, Canada and Ireland to outlaw paying for sex is a policy worth looking at, and is infinitely preferable to the approach taken in countries such as Germany, which has liberalised prostitution. That is a personal view and not necessarily the view of the Church of England, but it can have escaped...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Modern Day Slavery (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: My hon. Friend is an assiduous member of the Environmental Audit Committee, which has launched an inquiry into abuses in unregulated car washes, and I can only commend his work and that of the Committee. Hopefully, in return, he can commend the ingenuity of the Church of England in making a leap into the digital age and developing an app that helps all of us to identify circumstances which we...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Churches: Metal Theft (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Since I last answered a question on this subject in April the largest concentration of reported attacks on churches for metal theft has been in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. While we are starting to see small numbers of people being prosecuted for these crimes, the value of the thefts is considerable and the cost of replacement and repair is high.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Churches: Metal Theft (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church cannot do this on its own, and it works very closely with Historic England, the police and its insurers alongside the Home Office in order to provide advice and guidance to its parishes. All dioceses now advise their churches to install deterrents such as alarms and cameras. I am pleased to say that the Church in Wales similarly endorsed Historic England’s metal theft guidance.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Inter-faith Dialogue (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England continues to take active steps at local and international level to promote inter-faith dialogue. The Church works through organisations like the Council of Christians and Jews and the Christian Muslim Forum alongside close working with the Office of the Chief Rabbi and senior Muslim clerics.

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Inter-faith Dialogue (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I could not agree more. Church of England schools are open to the whole community and reflect the demographic profile of the community they serve. Thus in some parts of the country 80% or 90% of pupils in a Church of England school may be Muslim. If you will forgive me, Mr Speaker, I would like to commend what the new Home Secretary had to say about his own education as a Muslim in a Church...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Inter-faith Dialogue (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: We need to understand, in the world today more than ever, the different faiths of the world and their tenets, and be respectful of the fact that 84% of the world’s population adhere to one of the great religions of the world. By working through religious institutions in all these countries, which should all condemn outright slavery in all its forms, I hope that we can work together...

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church Building (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: This is a bit of good news. The Church Commissioners have made £27 million available for the creation of up to 100 new churches. I am pleased to say that eight new churches are to be created across all the London diocese, and already 100 new worshipping communities meet outside formal church buildings in a fresh expression of “church.”

The Right Hon. Member for Meriden, Representing the Church Commissioners Was Asked: Church Building (12 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: I can do a bit of myth busting here. The Church is not in fact closing more churches than it is opening; interestingly, it is opening almost as many new ones as we are needing to close older ones. But that is often to serve gaps in provision and new communities. At the recent Synod I attended over the weekend in York there was an interesting fringe meeting about the planting of new churches...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood Defences (7 Jun 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Mr Speaker, I am sure that you have seen the devastating pictures of flooding in Birmingham, the wider west midlands and other parts of the country, including 30 to 40 homes in my constituency. Is it not the case that it was the Conservatives who secured universal affordable flood insurance for the victims after inheriting a situation in which the Association of British Insurers had given...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Clewer Initiative (7 Jun 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Clewer initiative was set up in 2017 as a three-year, fixed-term project with the express aim of securing a world free from slavery. It enables dioceses to develop strategies so that we can better detect instances of modern slavery and provide support and care to victims.


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