Bishops: Females

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what estimate he has made of when it will be possible for women to be bishops in the Church of England.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

20 of the 44 dioceses of the Church of England have currently voted in favour of the new measure to enable women to become bishops. The majority of the dioceses will have voted by 22 May with the exception of the Diocese of Europe which will enable the measure to be considered at the July meeting of the General Synod in York.

The General Synod will need to obtain a two thirds majority in each of the three Houses of the Synod for this measure to pass. If General Synod pass the necessary measure in July it would be possible to complete the passage of the measure in time for the canon to be promulged and the first woman to be eligible for nomination before the end of this year.

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