Peter Bottomley (Worthing West, Conservative)
To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many people were on the electoral roll of each church covered by a provincial episcopal visitor in the latest period for which figures are available.
Tony Baldry (Banbury, Conservative)
The details of the individual electoral roll of parishes are not held centrally by the Church Commissioners or Archbishops Council. Data we do hold relates to the number of petitioning parishes which have petitioned for extended episcopal ministry (under the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993).
The figures which are centrally available relate to the total number of parishes which have requested such ministry, from bishops from within the diocese, regionally and provincially.
As of January 2012 the total number of parishes petitioning for such ministry was 383. Of this total 247 parishes are specifically overseen by Provincial Episcopal Visitors. The difference in the figures relates to the fact that not all petitioning parishes are overseen by PEVs, as in many cases it is possible to provide this ministry either from within the diocese, or region.