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Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals: Music (10 Jan 2019)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England comprises a large number of legally separate institutions, which includes Cathedrals, Parochial Church Councils and Diocesan Boards of Finance. Each Cathedral, as an independent legal entity, is required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 (the “Act”) and so has a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled persons in accordance with the requirements of the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals: Music (9 Jan 2019)

Caroline Spelman: The operation and governance of cathedral choirs is not a matter for the Church Commissioners and no data on this is held centrally. In Rochester Cathedral which is nearest to the Hon. Member’s constituency the cathedral has appointed Dean’s Choristers (two boys and two girls) to share the responsibility, the rationale for which is to enable a larger number of choristers to gain...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christians against Poverty (13 Dec 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a charity independent of the Church of England. CAP run over 1,000 debt advice centres across the country supporting individuals and families in need. The work of CAP has recently been evaluated by the LSE and its report concluded that the benefit of CAP's work to society was over £31.5million per year, in return for an annual expenditure of £8.7 million....

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christ Church Cathedral Oxford and Christ Church College (10 Dec 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The institution of Christ Church was founded as both a cathedral of the Diocese of Oxford and as a college of the University in 1546. The Statutes then conferred were revised under the 1867 Christ Church (Oxford) Act and later modified by successive Commissions in 1882 and 1926, and by various Orders of Her Majesty in Council, with major revisions in 1963 and in 2011. An Act of Parliament...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christ Church College (10 Dec 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Christ Church Oxford is unique. The Dean of Christ Church is not subject to the same terms of service as deans of other cathedrals within the Church of England. The terms of service of the dean and the residentiary canons of the cathedral are set out in the Statues of Christ Church.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christ Church College (5 Dec 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Christ Church Oxford is a joint foundation comprising both College and Cathedral. The post of Dean being indivisible, the different aspects of his or her duties cannot be separated. Under the statutes of Christ Church, where a complaint is referred to a Tribunal, the Senior ex-Censor may choose to suspend the Dean from his or her duties without loss of salary. The statutes of Christ Church...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Gambling (29 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: In 2017 the Church of England’s General Synod passed a unanimous motion calling on Government to reduce the stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals to £2.00. This is an issue on which bishops, most notably the Bishop of St Albans, have spoken frequently on and campaigned for. The Church has therefore welcomed the Government’s announcement of the reduction in stakes, and the decision to...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Community Development (29 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: This year the Church of England surveyed its 16,000 parish churches about their involvement in social action and local community projects. Of the 13,000 churches that responded the survey revealed that 80% were involved in providing services for the benefit of their local communities, either standalone or in partnership with others. These 33,000 projects included debt counselling, lunch...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Charitable Donations (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The underlying financial health of the Church of England’s parishes is a testament to the generosity of the commitment of congregations and local communities across the country. The most recent assessment of Church of England parish finances relate to 2016 when total giving to the 12,400 parishes was £3million more than the previous year. Between 2010 and 2016 total giving increased by...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Repairs and Maintenance (27 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners receive no direct Government support for maintaining redundant or under-utilised churches. The Church Commissioners and DCMS provide financial support for the Churches Conservation Trust, which cares for redundant churches of special architectural significance, and for which no suitable alternative use can be found. The Grants to the Churches Conservation Trust...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christ Church College (26 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Christ Church is a complex institution and, uniquely in the Church of England, the Dean is also the head of an Oxford college. The complaint against the Dean is an internal matter for the college, and neither the Church Commissioners nor the wider Church of England have any role in that process. The Bishop of Oxford remains in close contact with the Dean and is monitoring the situation...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Christianity: Middle East (22 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church of England continues to work alongside the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem to support the Christian community in Jordan, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon. The Church also partners and engages with development and mission agencies working to support Christian communities overseas. Regular pilgrimage visits are made by parishes and dioceses of the Church of England, mainly to those...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Government: Industry (19 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to improve collaborative working between Government and industry.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Families (6 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help refugee families reunite in the UK.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Clergy: Carers (5 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: All ministers on common tenure – whether women or men - have the right to request time off work or adjustments to be made to the duties of their office in order to care for a dependant. As clergy office holders do not have defined hours of work, they already have greater flexibility than most employees over how they carry out their duties, which can often enable them to carry out their...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Clergy: Carers (5 Nov 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The Church Commissioners do not have details of how many clergy have asked for time off or adjustments, or the level of support for caring for dependants and assistance with cover, as arrangements for this are best made locally – whether within the parish, or arranged with the assistance of the area dean or archdeacon. Since office holders do not report on the number or arrangement of the...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Housing Estates: Sales (19 Oct 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Holding answer received on 11 October 2018 In 2005 and 2006 following careful consideration the Church Commissioners took the decision to sell what were known as the Octavia Hill Estates, comprising approximately 1,580 flats and houses within the Greater London area. The sales, to a joint venture between Grainger plc and Genesis Housing Group, were subject to the residents’...

Written Answers — Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Travellers: Caravan Sites (16 Oct 2018)

Caroline Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many authorised pitches each local authority in the West Midlands has been granted.

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Churches: Equality (15 Oct 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Holding answer received on 11 October 2018 Increasing diversity among the clergy is a priority for the Church of England. Nationally the Church has set a target that it will increase the overall number of people recommended for training by 50% over a five-year period. The Church is well on the way to deliver this and has already seen a 22% increase in those entering training since...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Salisbury Cathedral (15 Oct 2018)

Caroline Spelman: Lease renewals within the Close at Salisbury are a matter for the Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral and the Church Commissioners do not therefore have a policy on this matter. The Chapter at Salisbury Cathedral sought the Church Commissioners consent under the Cathedrals Measure 1999 for a proposal to be offered to qualifying tenants. The Church Commissioners acknowledge that the Dean and...


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