Results 1–20 of 6186 for speaker:Andrew Selous

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Rural Areas (5 Aug 2022)

Andrew Selous: A revised analysis based on ONS rural/urban land-use classifications and the latest (2019) mid-year population updates, gives a slightly different set of parishes classified as rural, totalling 24% of the English population. Analysis of church attendance has been complicated in recent years because of the effects of COVID and restrictions on in-person worship, but it is estimated that 37% of...

Business of the House (14 Jul 2022)

Andrew Selous: May we have an urgent debate on the response from both the Government and the local community to the disgusting and abusive vandalism perpetrated by young teenagers in my constituency this week? Some of it was racially motivated, and some of it targeted one of our finest female police community support officers. Does the Leader of the House agree that this requires both a police and a...

Business of the House (7 Jul 2022)

Andrew Selous: May we have an urgent debate in Government time, because I have already had a debate in Westminster Hall, on increasing general practice capacity where we have huge increases in population? The Leader of the House faces similar issues to those I have in my constituency; they exist all over the country. Such a debate would show to our constituents that, notwithstanding what has gone on in the...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (4 Jul 2022)

Andrew Selous: I, too, have had many emails from my constituents, all of which I have read carefully. I fully respect the strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and this has been a respectful debate today in the main. One of my constituents, an ex-police officer, writes: “I have an elderly mother who sometimes worries about being a burden and once said it would be better if she died and I didn’t...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christianity: Oppression (4 Jul 2022)

Andrew Selous: Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK-based debt advice charity independent of the Church of England. Staff of the National Church Institutions have held discussions with CAP but these have not been on the protection of Christians from persecution.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Archbishops Council (1 Jul 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Church Commissioners have not made such an assessment.

Church Commissioners: Persecution of Christians Overseas (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The murder of 50 Catholics in church this month in Ondo state in Nigeria and the ongoing murders for alleged blasphemy are a stark reminder of why the Church of England stands foursquare behind the implementation of the Bishop of Truro’s review.

Church Commissioners: Persecution of Christians Overseas (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: That is absolutely right, and the situation does indeed continue to get worse, not better, with over 4,000 Christians murdered for their faith last year. To end the work of the Truro review now would be unthinkable. Recommendation 6 calls for the establishment of the special envoy role permanently and in perpetuity, as for example in the United States of America, and the Church of England...

Church Commissioners: Church Schools (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Church of England educates over 1 million children in its community schools across England, including nearly half of the primary schools in the Penrith and The Border constituency. These schools are generally very popular with parents of all faiths and none, and have a vision to be deeply Christian, to serve the common good and to foster a thirst for knowledge across a broad curriculum.

Church Commissioners: Church Schools (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s thanks, and I can reassure him that the Church of England will continue to support vulnerable families wherever possible—for example, by buying school uniforms, providing breakfast clubs for free and paying for school trips. In the village of Shankhill in his constituency, the Church school supports the whole community by acting as a village hall for...

Church Commissioners: Church Schools (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: I totally understand the point the right hon. Gentleman is making. He will know that the Church of England absolutely holds to its vision to have a Church of England presence in every community. Of course, he is right that if there are not so many incumbents, it can be difficult for them to go in and do assemblies in Church schools and so on, but the Church is really focused on the frontline...

Church Commissioners: Freedom of Religious Belief: International Ministerial Conference (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Church of England is working closely with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to support the international ministerial conference on freedom of religion or belief taking place in London the week after next, and very much wants the conference to make a difference. The Archbishop of Canterbury will address the conference.

Church Commissioners: Freedom of Religious Belief: International Ministerial Conference (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: My hon. Friend is right. Christians are the most persecuted faith, and the Church of England will always stand up for all people who are being persecuted. He is also right that the Church needs to show global leadership by building relationships with the leaders of other faiths and with Governments so that there can be truthful conversations about what change needs to happen. The Anglican...

Church Commissioners: Places of Worship: Net Zero Target (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Church of England is trying to achieve net zero by 2030. Examples include solar panels on the roofs of Gloucester and Salisbury cathedrals, heat pumps and underfloor heating in Newcastle cathedral and Bath abbey using natural hot spring water. I even have a vicar coming to see me shortly about a tidal power proposition for his church.

Church Commissioners: Places of Worship: Net Zero Target (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: I absolutely get the scale of the challenge as I have similar churches in my constituency, and I know that the churches that my hon. Friend mentioned in Hatfield, Rossington, Bawtry and Thorne will be looking at the issue carefully. In the first instance, I suggest that they look at the diocese of Sheffield’s green energy audit scheme and the “funding net zero” section of the Church of...

Church Commissioners: Ukrainian Refugees (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: Four bishops and hundreds of clergy currently have Ukrainian evacuees living with them. The Church is also using vacant vicarages for Ukrainian families. The Church continues to encourage its members to open their homes and to support those who have.

Church Commissioners: Ukrainian Refugees (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: I am very grateful to my right hon. Friend, who is typically too modest to mention that she is herself host to a Ukrainian family. I thank her, on behalf of the Church of England, for what she is doing. The point my right hon. Friend makes about summer holiday clubs for children is extremely important. I can tell her that most parishes are now operating such clubs, although we are not quite...

Church Commissioners: Ukrainian Refugees (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: the strength of the Church is in its parish life. I am very happy to pay considerable tribute, and give thanks, to June and all the parishes in Tameside who are clearly doing such good and important work.

Church Commissioners: Russian Orthodox Church: Ukraine (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken frankly with Patriarch Kirill during the invasion. The Church of England has chaplaincies in both Russia and Ukraine, and will continue to foster dialogue in the pursuit of peace.

Church Commissioners: Russian Orthodox Church: Ukraine (23 Jun 2022)

Andrew Selous: The Church Commissioners and our pensions board were some of the first institutions to take all practical steps to withdraw from their direct investments in Russia. The Church of England remains committed to a ministry of reconciliation based on love and truth, and will continue to reach out—for example, through the chaplain of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Moscow, who is the Archbishop...


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