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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the relationship between Church and state. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Other material covering religion can be found under religion and faith communities.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    11.08.2016The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and background
    This briefing concerns the establishment of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a statutory Inquiry which formally opened in July 2015. This Inquiry replaced the previous, non-statutory, Inquiry set up in July 2014 which saw both of its Chairs resign; on 4 August 2016, Justice Goddard resigned as the Chair of the statutory inquiry and on 11 August it was announced that Professor Alexis Jay would be the new Chair.
    16.01.2015Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 2014-15 [Bill 143 2014-15]
    This Note describes the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 2014-15 and places it in context

    Lords Library Notes

    03.02.2015Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (HL Bill 87 of 2014-15)
    The Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill would introduce time limited provisions to enable female diocesan bishops to be fast-tracked into the House of Lords as members of the Lords Spiritual. This Library Note provides a brief summary of the process by which English diocesan bishops are appointed to the House of Lords. It then discusses the provisions of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill and the Bill's House of Commons Stages.
    14.11.2013Debate on 21 November: ResPublica Report 'Holistic Missions Social Action and the Church of England'
    This Library Note provides an overview of the main arguments of the ResPublica report and provides broad context to some of the issues and themes raised in it.
    11.02.2013Succession to the Crown Bill (HL Bill 81 of 2012-13)
    The Succession to the Crown Bill makes changes to the laws of succession to the Crown. This Library Note summarises the proceedings which have taken place on the Bill during its passage through the House of Commons, ahead of the Bill's second reading debate in the House of Lords on 14 February 2013.

    Early Day Motions

    That this House notes that May 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the first publication of the Authorised Version of the Bible; recognises that accolades and tributes have been paid ...
    27.01.2011200 YEARS OF CHURCH SCHOOLS
    That this House congratulates the National Society for Promoting Religious Education on the bicentenary of its foundation in 1811, marking 200 years of the Church of England's role ...
    That this House congratulates the Church of St Edward the Confessor in Romford Market on the 600th anniversary of the founding of the church in 1410 and St Edward's Church of England ...
    That this House notes the important work of the national charity, The Churches Conservation Trust; remembers the 40th anniversary celebratory events of 2009; and praises the invaluable ...
    That this House recognises that aside from its religious significance and impact, the King James or Authorised Version of the Bible has made an immense positive, social, political, ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses