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Christian Churches And Public Services

EDM number 1721 in 2007-08, proposed by Frank Field on 09/06/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Charities, Community care, Religion and faith communities and Voluntary organisations.

That this House welcomes the publication of Moral, But No Compass: Church, Government and the Future of Welfare, by Francis Davis, Elizabeth Paulhus et al of the Von Hugel Institute, Cambridge University, the results of research undertaken with the blessing of the Archbishop's Council of the Church of England and with the support of the House of Bishops; notes that it records an absence of an adequate evidence base on the part of the Government and departments of state when it comes to understanding the civic contribution of the Christian churches in the UK; notes an under-estimation of the total number of faith-based charities on the part of the Charity Commission; acknowledges the pioneering contribution made by Christian churches to social innovations in services and initiatives on housing, alcohol dependency, poverty alleviation, education, criminal justice, community participation and health and well-being as well as rural and urban social cohesion and economic development; notes that the research draws on interviews with Ministers and shadow ministers, senior civil servants and voluntary sector leaders as well as several Members of both Houses; congratulates the Right Reverend Stephen Lowe, National Bishop for Urban Life, for initiating this work; calls for fresh and high level discussions within the Civil Service and with, and between Ministers on measures to help the UK harness this under-recognised faith-based contribution to the life of the UK; and calls on British embassies and consulates-general to share the report with other EU and Commonwealth countries as an example of good British practice.

This motion has been signed by a total of 29 MPs.

Frank Field09/06/2008BirkenheadLabourProposed
Bob Russell09/06/2008ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Robert Key10/06/2008SalisburyConservativeSeconded
Mike Hancock10/06/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSeconded
David Taylor10/06/2008North West LeicestershireLabourSeconded
Colin Breed10/06/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSeconded
Lindsay Hoyle10/06/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Alan Meale10/06/2008MansfieldLabourSigned
Greg Clark10/06/2008Tunbridge WellsConservativeSigned
Peter Luff11/06/2008Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
Vincent Cable11/06/2008TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew11/06/2008StroudLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley11/06/2008Worthing WestConservativeSigned
David Laws12/06/2008YeovilLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Jenkins12/06/2008TamworthLabourSigned
Paul Rowen16/06/2008RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
David Kidney17/06/2008StaffordLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell17/06/2008Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
John Pugh18/06/2008SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
John Horam19/06/2008OrpingtonConservativeSigned
Jim Dobbin19/06/2008Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Ann Cryer20/06/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell23/06/2008Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Edward Leigh25/06/2008GainsboroughConservativeSigned
John Battle25/06/2008Leeds WestLabourSigned
Stephen Crabb25/06/2008Preseli PembrokeshireConservativeSigned
Malcolm Moss26/06/2008North East CambridgeshireConservativeSigned
John Hemming08/07/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Lamb09/07/2008North NorfolkLiberal DemocratSigned

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