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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...

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...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Church Commissioners (11 Oct 2018)

Caroline Spelman: In 2016 the Church Commissioners established an engagement team in conjunction with the Church of England Pensions Board, reflecting the importance of engagement in the application of our ethical investment policies. The engagement team has responsibility for voting our shareholdings in publicly listed companies, preparing ethical exclusion lists, and engaging companies in which we are...

Written Answers — Church Commissioners: Cathedrals: Insolvency (25 Jul 2018)

Caroline Spelman: The General Synod of the Church of England debated the Cathedrals Working Group report earlier this month. The Synod requested the Archbishops’ Council to bring forward a draft Measure for First Consideration at the July 2019 group of sessions, to give effect to the recommendations that involve legislative change. Preparatory work is expected to include an assessment of how the...

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...


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