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Written Answers — Church Commissioners: St Mary’s the Virgin Church Seaham (11 Jun 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Since my oral answer of 26th April 2018 (Official Report, col 1014) I have consulted with representatives of the Diocese and of Seaham Parish and I understand that the land being developed is not owned either by the Parish, the Diocese or the Church Commissioners. Any objections must therefore be made formally and in the usual manner to the Local Authority planning office. To date the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Jeremy Pemberton (6 Jun 2018)

Caroline Spelman: It is not the practice of the Church Commissioners to disclose expenditure on the costs of legal proceedings of this kind (they are not required to do so under s.5 Episcopal Endowments and Stipends Measure 1943). The Church Commissioners have decided not to pursue the claimant for the costs they incurred as a result of his unsuccessful tribunal and subsequent appeals.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Out-of-school Education (30 May 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Following the publication of the findings from the Department for Education’s consultation on out-of-school education, the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, the Revd Nigel Genders, said: “We welcome the Government’s response to the consultation and the proposals to focus resources and energy on the areas of most concern rather than creating unhelpful...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (29 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Extractive Industries Policy of the National Investing Bodies of the Church of England was launched in November 2017. During the development of the policy, we sought views from both faith and non-faith organisations. Since the policy launch, the Church Commissioners have discussed our new approach with various faith and non-faith organisations and are due to present the policy to the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Blackburn (19 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Archbishops’ Council and the Church of England’s Parish Buying team are currently drafting guidance for those parishes that wish to engage with the project. Agreements will be entered into on a parish-by-parish basis. The guidance being produced for parishes will include advice on termination of contracts arising from the closure...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Blackburn (13 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England recently signed an Accord with Her Majesty’s Government to enable churches to improve broadband and mobile connectivity, particularly in rural areas. The Accord sets out how the Government and the Church can collaborate to help achieve this. Companies are currently being invited to tender to provide connectivity under a framework agreement with rural parish...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Broadband and WiFi (13 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England recently signed an Accord with Her Majesty’s Government to enable churches to improve broadband and mobile connectivity, particularly in rural areas. The Accord sets out how the Government and the Church can collaborate to help achieve this. Specifically, companies are being invited to tender to provide connectivity under a framework agreement with rural parish...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Jerusalem (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has reopened following three days of closure which left pilgrims and visitors praying in the square outside. The dispute was over a new tax policy and proposed land expropriation law. Officials from Church House and staff at Lambeth Palace were in regular contact with the Heads of Churches Group in the City of Jerusalem through Archbishop Suheil the Anglican...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: *No heading* (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: In a recent submission to the Department for Education consultation on the future of PSHE education the Just Finance Foundation set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury reported that 40% of UK adults have less than £100 in savings and struggled to manage money. The impact of potential lifelong indebtedness makes financial capability an issue of pressing importance for younger generations....

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Bureaucracy (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England keeps the administrative burden on its clergy constantly under review. There is a current programme of work in process to simplify many aspects of its work. The simplification programme has already cut a great deal paperwork and moved much of its administration online. For example, applications for permission to make changes to church buildings under the Faculty process...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Infrastructure (8 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners provide financial and administrative support to cathedrals and dioceses. It is up to each self-governing church or cathedral to raise funds for development projects, and the National Church Institutions provide advice and support. The changing priorities and declining budget of the Heritage Lottery Fund is a matter of concern, as this is where much fundraising money...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Horses: Databases (2 Mar 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what advice his Department is providing to the equine sector on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Crimes of Violence: Rural Areas (26 Feb 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations his Department has received on (a) violent threats and (b) demands made by gangs of tarmac workers to (i) farmers and (ii) rural landowners.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Horse Riding (16 Feb 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on the equestrian sector of the UK leaving the EU.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Fracking (25 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: All oil and gas deposits in the UK are owned by the Crown. There are no plans for the Church Commissioners to use its land or mineral rights for the purpose of fracking. As a policy, The Church Commissioners do not seek applications for seismic drilling/exploration and fracking. Allowing seismic testing/exploratory drilling does not imply approval of fracking, litigation risks arise for...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Religion: Education (25 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Education Office of the Church of England is in regular dialogue with the Department for Education and is a member of the ‘Faith Providers’ group, which meets frequently with the Department to discuss a range of issues connected with schools of a religious character. One of the issues that the Office has raised in those discussions is the concern that Religious Education is...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Kazakhstan: Religious Freedom (23 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the level of religious freedom in Kazakhstan; and what steps the Government is taking to promote and protect the right to freedom of religion or belief in that country.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: St Elisabeth's Church, Eastbourne (15 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The consultation period concerning the draft Pastoral (Church Buildings Disposal) Scheme for the demolition of St Elisabeth’s Church at Eastbourne ran from the 17th November until the 8th of January. The publication of the consultation followed a period of extensive liaison by the Church Commissioners with various interested parties in the future of the closed church. The building has...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: St Wilfrid's Church Scrooby: Public Lavatories (11 Jan 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The parish of Scrooby is still currently in interregnum. As indicated in my answer on the 05 September 2017 to question 6282 it is my understanding that the Parish Council, congregation, and the wider community have taken the decision to improve the facilities in the nearby village hall, rather than at St Wilfrid’s Church. The decision was in part a consequence of the difficulty of...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Written Question (21 Dec 2017)

Caroline Spelman: In the 2017-18 Session, to date, no answer given by the Church Commissioners has referred to the information requested not being (a) collected or (b) collated centrally.


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