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Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Coronavirus (12 Feb 2021)

Andrew Selous: Since the first lockdown, the Church Commissioners’ Cathedrals Sustainability Fund has enabled many cathedrals to improve their digital output, including live streaming of services. There were nearly 36 million viewings of the Church’s Christmas “Comfort and Joy” series. For those who prefer the telephone, the Daily Hope worship line has received 350,000 free calls. The National...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (12 Feb 2021)

Andrew Selous: .... More information about the project one year on can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/news-and-stat ements/one-year-church-moves-forward-carbon-reduction-target Across the Church Commissioners Agricultural property portfolio, the Commissioners are encouraging our tenants to farm sustainably and join environmental stewardship schemes to plant trees and...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Carbon Emissions (12 Feb 2021)

Andrew Selous: The Church Commissioners have committed to reaching a net-zero portfolio in 2050 and the Church of England's National Investing Bodies joined the UN Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance in 2020. More detail about the alliance can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/news-and-media/news-and-stat ements/church-england-national-investing-bodies-join-un-conv ened-net The Church Commissioners...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Land (27 Jan 2021)

Andrew Selous: Over 60% of the tenancies within the Church Commissioners’ rural portfolio are Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (AHA) tenancies. AHA tenancies granted prior to 11 July 1984 provide for rights of succession. Forecasting the rate and date of tenancy succession with any accuracy is challenging. This is because AHA tenancies can only be succeeded upon the death or retirement of an incumbent...

The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, was asked: Landholdings (21 Jan 2021)

Andrew Selous: The Church Commissioners are undertaking a natural capital assessment to provide a baseline for our carbon outputs and to understand our ecosystem services. This will provide a plan to lower carbon outputs and inform our natural capital strategy. Where possible, our tenancies have clauses relating to good husbandry and the non-removal of topsoil, and with longer-term tenancies, soil analyses...

The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, was asked: Covid-19: Landholdings (21 Jan 2021)

Andrew Selous: I know that my hon. Friend works tirelessly for the people of Dewsbury. I and the staff of the Church Commissioners have met him to discuss this issue. Although the planning application is yet to be determined, it is in line with the strategic objectives of the Kirklees development plan. It will not only bring much-needed new homes to his area, but new employment opportunities and new public...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Land (8 Jan 2021)

Andrew Selous: As a responsible landowner, the Church Commissioners comply with the requirements of the Land Registration Act 2002, and the Church Commissioners are only responsible for the land which they hold, not all Church of England land. The Church Commissioner’s land has, to a large extent, been registered with the Land Registry, all such information is publicly available via the Land Registry. The...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Religious Buildings: Poverty (8 Jan 2021)

Andrew Selous: While the primary responsibility for decisions on resourcing mission and ministry rests with the dioceses, the Church Commissioners have provided an extra resource to dioceses (distributed by The Archbishops’ Council) to support mission and ministry in deprived communities in the form of Lowest Income Communities Funding. Across England, £82.1m has been allocated by the Commissioners for...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners: Land (10 Dec 2020)

Andrew Selous: The land holdings owned by the Church Commissioners have to a large extent been registered with the Land Registry, and information on those holdings is publicly available via the Land Registry. To compile and publish a digitised map of all land holdings in the manner requested would incur a disproportionate cost to the Church Commissioners.

Church Commissioners: High-quality Grade 1 and 2 Farmland (26 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: Approximately 35,000 acres of land owned by the Church Commissioners is high-quality grade 1 and 2 farmland, representing 39% of the overall agricultural portfolio. Information on diocesan land holdings is not held by the Church Commissioners.

Church Commissioners: Christmastide Services (26 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: The Church Commissioners have regular discussions with the Association of English Cathedrals, and cathedrals have made huge efforts to reach out to people in their areas. Lichfield cathedral, which I know is close to my hon. Friend’s heart—I think that he lives within its shadow—will be having an illuminations show and will hold as many services as possible, including some outside if...

Church Commissioners: Christmastide Services (26 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: I thank my hon. Friend for his question, and I will be leaving these questions to go into a governors meeting of the Church Commissioners, so I will pass that on very directly. I can tell him that Lichfield cathedral has received £140,000 from the national lottery heritage emergency fund, but I know it needs extra funding for urgent building projects, including a buttress that is causing...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cemeteries: Irish Language (19 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: There are legal proceedings currently underway on this matter and due to the House of Commons Sub Judice Resolution the Church Commissioners are unable to provide an answer at this time.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cemeteries: Languages (19 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: There are legal proceedings currently underway on this matter and due to the House of Commons Sub Judice Resolution the Church Commissioners are unable to provide an answer at this time.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches (17 Nov 2020)

Andrew Selous: The details of individual parish finances is not generally a matter for the Church Commissioners, though other parts of the National Church Institutions and dioceses have been keeping planned giving and donations under careful review. Churches that have a solid foundation of regular giving through direct debit or standing order appear to be withstanding the pandemic much better than those...

Church Commissioners: Church of England Estate: Woodland (15 Oct 2020)

Andrew Selous: In December 2019, the Church Commissioners had 53% of their global land, 27.5% of their UK land and 4% of their English land in forestry, and we also own pooled timber funds in the United States.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Greater London (14 Sep 2020)

Andrew Selous: ...of the congestion charge is placing on all who worship in those London parishes that are located within the boundary of the charge, and who must travel to them from outside that boundary. Though the Church Commissioners have not made formal representations, I am aware that approaches have been made to the Mayor of London by Churches Together in Westminster including St Martin-in-the-Fields...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church of England: Investment (14 Sep 2020)

Andrew Selous: The engagement of the Church of England National Investing Bodies ('NIBs'), including the Church Commissioners, is guided by the commitments made by the National Investing bodies in a July 2018 General Synod debate on climate change and investment. The NIBs reaffirmed their commitment to engage urgently and robustly with companies rated poorly by the Transition Pathway Initiative and,...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals: Coronavirus (14 Sep 2020)

Andrew Selous: ...in 2021. Cathedrals are eligible and are being encouraged to apply for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, and the Government's £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund. The Church Commissioners have made money available to cathedrals in response to the pandemic, including through the £10 million cathedral sustainability fund, of which £1million is to support...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Coronavirus (29 Jun 2020)

Andrew Selous: In March, the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council announced over £75m of liquidity support to dioceses and cathedrals. This money included allowing dioceses in financial need to access up to three months forbearance on sums required for the national clergy payroll [or clergy stipends] for a limited period and paying monthly grants in full for 2020. In May the National Church...


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