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[27 Mar 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Church Growth Research Programme

Sir Tony Baldry: The findings from the Church growth research programme have been disseminated widely within the Church, and are informing diocesan strategies and practices at parish level. Further practical online resources are being developed and events are being planned to help dioceses and parishes to engage with the research and take action.

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[27 Mar 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Diocesan Support

Sir Tony Baldry: The Church Commissioners support the mission of each diocese depending on its need. Each diocese generally receives between £1 million and over £3 million, but that covers only a small proportion of the cost of running the Church. We must never underestimate the importance of the generous giving of church congregations, which accounts for most of the rest.

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[27 Mar 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Investments

Sir Tony Baldry: The Church Commissioners are finalising their asset valuations and anticipate the total return for 2013 to be about 15% to 16%. The continued steady return will enable the Church Commissioners to continue the level of support that they give the ministry of the Church of England.

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[27 Mar 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Same-sex Marriage (Priests)

Sir Tony Baldry: Clergy and ordinands remain free to enter into civil partnerships. The House of Bishops in its pastoral guidance distributed on 15 February said that it was not willing for those in same-sex marriages to be ordained to any of the three orders of ministry—deacon, clergy or bishops—and that “it would not be appropriate conduct for someone in holy orders to enter into a same-sex marriage, given the need for clergy to model the Church’s teaching in their lives”. As with any alleged instance of misconduct, each case would have to be considered individually by the local diocesan bishop.

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[27 Mar 2014]

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The current estimated shortfall in the cost of repairs to cathedrals is £87 million over the next five years, over and above what the cathedrals are currently spending on repairs annually.

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[25 Mar 2014]
North Oxfordshire MP speaks in debate on NHS funding

For a long time, I have been arguing that the NHS allocation formula does not give sufficient weight to the fact that we have a significant and growing ageing population. It is of course good news that people are living longer, but there is no doubt that older people on average have greater need for NHS support.

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[25 Mar 2014]
Sir Tony speaks in Budget debate

Sir Tony Baldry (Banbury) (Con): Coventry and Banbury are not that far away from each other. When the hon. Member for Coventry South (Mr Cunningham) and I entered the House of Commons together about 30 years ago, I think that the unemployment rates in our constituencies were not dissimilar at about 15%. Unemployment in my constituency today is 1%, so it is possible to make progress if the community works together and drives forward jobs.

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[20 Mar 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner responds to debate celebrating 20th anniversary of ordination of women

The last 20 years have demonstrated that women priests are well able to proclaim the risen Christ throughout the land and, by their ministry, have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to the life of the Church, community and the country. Today’s debate and all right hon. and hon. Members who have contributed, from both sides of the House, have demonstrated and confirmed how much women’s ordained ministry is valued and appreciated.

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[11 Mar 2014]
North Oxfordshire MP sets out his views on Clause 119 of the Care Bill

I think it is clear that there is no intention that this should in some way be a mainstream means of reconfiguring services but the Trust Special Administrator regime – as introduced by the last Government – is intended to be used only in extremis and “is a system of last resort”.

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[25 Feb 2014]

Sir Tony Baldry: Following my comments to the House on 13 February 2014, Official Report, column 1010, the Church Urban Fund have launched a ‘Flood Appeal Fund’. This follows highly successful funds set up in 2000 and the year 2007 where the Church Urban Fund and the Church of England co-ordinated the collection of money to help support flood victims and businesses.