15 January 2024
The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, was duty bishop in the House of Lords for the week beginning Monday 8 January, during which the House sat on Wednesday 10 January and Thursday 11 January.
This Lords Spiritual role involves being on duty to respond to business in the House as well as saying prayers at the start of each day.
Wednesday 10 January
During Oral Questions on Social Housing, Bishop Guli asked a question about the provision of cots for children in temporary accommodation. Nearly 140,000 children live in temporary accommodation in England.
Thursday 11 January
During Oral Questions on the Findings of the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre Inquiry, published in September 2023, Bishop Guli asked a question on the use of force at Brook House.
Later in the day, Bishop Guli spoke in a debate on Parliamentary Democracy and Standards in Public Life, stating: "Standards in public life matter. This isn't just a topic for the so called Westminster Bubble. When standards are not observed by those with the privilege of sitting in this house or the other place*, trust in our whole democratic institution begins to crumble." You can watch the full speech below.
*By convention 'the other place' is a term used to describe the other House in Parliament. By convention, members of the Lords do not mention the Commons by name - and MPs do not refer directly to the House of Lords - when they are speaking in the Chamber. Read more.