Church and state

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.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
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
28.11.2014Background to the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
This brief note provides general background information about the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which was established in July 2014 by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
04.05.2011400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE AUTHORISED KING JAMES BIBLE
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 ...
29.03.2010CHURCH AND SCHOOLS OF ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, ROMFORD
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 ...
03.03.2010CHURCHES CONSERVATION TRUST
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 ...
02.11.2009400th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE
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, ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
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.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses