At this hour I do not wish to detain the House but I cannot let this Motion pass without making one small but important point.
We make a great deal of play about discrimination against women. Hon. Members have introduced Bills in this House or into the Lords on the subject. I recognise that this Measure is worthy of support, and I do not oppose it, because it modestly increases the powers of deacons and deaconesses. But none of us should forget, and I hope the General Synod of the Church of England will take note of the fact, that one of the principal places in the United Kingdom where there is discrimination against women, completely and by law, is in the Church of England. I do not believe that such discrimination can ultimately prevail for ever.