As MPs and Peers return from Parliament after the Summer recess, the calendar of debates, questions, committee hearings and legislative reform kicks off again.
Parliament: The Week Ahead
Parliament returns on Tuesday 1st September and in the House of Commons, proceedings start with Health and Social Care Questions.
Usually a fairly benign hour of questions, but with the Covid situation, questions to Matt Hancock the Health Secretary and his ministerial team should be more interesting. Look out for quesitons on vaccines and abortion provision.
On Wednesday, a 10 Minute Rule Motion will be tabled on “Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation)”. This will lay a Private Member’s Bill before the house (unlikely to proceed any further unless it gains Government support). Whilst we do not know exactly what the MP bringing the motion will say, this issue should be an interesting one to note.
There is a campaign to force MPs to face the electorate when they defect from one party to another. The argument goes that they were elected on a particular party’s platform of policies and if they change parties, then they should face their electorate again.
This is an issue of accountability where currently MPs can duplicitly get elected and then move to another side of the house and campaign on a different policy platform without any scrutiny.
On Thursday morning, the Home Affairs Committee will hear evidence on the ongoing English Channel migrant crisis. Pressure has been mounting on the Home Secretary to take action after thousands of illegal imigrants have crossed the channel this year in dingys having been escorted over by French navy vessels.
Whilst it is right and proper that we should be a safe haven for those in genuine danger, to see young fighting age men in new clothes carrying the latest smartphones landing on Kent beaches shows something has gone wrong with the system.
It is not right that people who have lived quite happily in France for many months are then aided to get across to the UK despite international laws that require asylum to be sought in the first safe country. The committee will hear from the Director of Threat Leadership at the National Crime Agency.
In the House of Lords on Thursday, Baroness Sheehan will ask about the, “Quality of the work carried out by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in scrutinising the effectiveness and value for money of UK aid”.
This is an important issue, not least because concerns have been raised as to where UK aid money goes and what it is used for. A significant amouint of money sent to Africa, for example is used to support what the government refer to as ‘family planning services’ which is in reality is thinly veiled cover for funding and providing access to abortion.
It is not just in this country where the governemt is overseeing the slaughter of the unborn – they are extending their tentacles of influence in funding the abortion industry in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Pray for Parliament
Please remember to pray for Members of Parliament as they return this week. Pray for wisdom. Pray for Christian MPs and Peers that they will take a stand boldly for truth and will not be able to be bought off by corrupt officials.
Pray for the government that they will return the power it took for itself in March back to the people and pray that the schemes of the devil will be exposed and will come to nothing.