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George Bell

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 29th February 2016.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether any of the Estates Commissioners saw the charge sheet on which George Bell was found guilty of child abuse on the balance of probabilities.

Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The language of “guilt” and “charge sheets” refers to criminal cases. The claim against Bishop Bell was a civil claim. The civil courts do not use charge sheets and as a result there has not been a charge sheet for the Estates Commissioners to see then or now.

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