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Postponement of General Synod elections

Coronavirus Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 23rd March 2020.

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‘(1) Her Majesty may by Order in Council, at the joint request of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, postpone to the date specified in the Order the date on which the Convocations of Canterbury and York stand dissolved for the purposes of the Church of England Convocations Act 1966.

(2) Section 1 of that Act is, accordingly, to be read subject to provision made by an Order under this section.

(3) If either of the Archbishops is unable to exercise the power to join in making a request under subsection (1), or if the see of either of the Archbishops is vacant, the power may be exercised by the senior bishop of the province, with seniority for that purpose being determined in accordance with section 10(4) of the Bishops (Retirement) Measure 1986.

(4) An Order under this section may make consequential, supplementary, incidental, transitional or saving provision.” —(Andrew Selous.)

The new clause would enable elections to the General Synod of the Church of England that are due to take place this summer to be postponed.

Brought up, and added to the Bill.

Schedules 1 to 6 agreed to.