Livings (Crown Patronage)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Second Church Estates Commissioner 10:30 am, 8th May 2008

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments. He will remember that this House voted almost unanimously, but certainly overwhelmingly, for women priests way back in 1992. Given that he is a member of the General Synod, he will know that in July it will look at the options for progressing the ordination of women as bishops, informed by the recently published report of the legislative drafting group, chaired by the Bishop of Manchester. This House—in its majority, I think—supports women bishops and we urge the Church in this case to make haste less slowly.

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