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[29 Jan 2015]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Anglican Communion Tour

Sir Tony Baldry: The Archbishop of Canterbury visited 36 of his fellow archbishops during his pilgrimage around the Anglican Communion. In his presidential address to the General Synod in November, he reported that it was a “flourishing…but also a divided Communion.”

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[29 Jan 2015]

Sir Tony Baldry: The Church Commissioners’ ethical investment policy prevents investment in pharmaceutical companies when more than 10% of their main business involves human or embryonic cloning. No such companies have been identified to date.

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[29 Jan 2015]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Economy

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The central argument of “On Rock or Sand” is that we should seek to enhance the well-being, and the personal and communal flourishing, of all in society, and to seek the common good—or the “common profit”, as the book calls it—and that no one should be left behind. These are principles entirely in accord with the objectives of the Church Commissioners.

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[11 Dec 2014]

On Thursday 11 December, the Ecclesiastical Committee met for the final time before Parliament is dissolved next March. During the course of the meeting, the Chairman Lord Lloyd thanked Second Church Estates Commissioner the Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP for all his service to the Committee:

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[11 Dec 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Church repairs

Sir Tony Baldry: In the autumn statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer kindly extended the listed places of worship grant scheme, for which I am extremely grateful. This will be a one-off grant of £15 million to enable listed church buildings of any denomination to apply for assistance with repairs to roofs and rainwater guttering.

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[11 Dec 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): General Election Hustings

Sir Tony Baldry: The Church of England intends to partner with other local churches to put on hustings for the 2015 general election and will adapt guidance published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and other organisations for use in its parishes.

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[11 Dec 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Churches (Bat Infestation)

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): “Baldry on Bats” part 2: the full financial cost is difficult to calculate, but the damage to local and nationally significant cultural heritage is substantial. Approximately 6,400 churches are infested with bats.

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[11 Dec 2014]

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The first world war centenary cathedral repairs fund has so far allocated £13 million to 41 cathedrals, both Anglican and Catholic, across England. The third and final round of this scheme closes on 17 January.

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[30 Oct 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Church Commissioners (Investment Guidance)

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The investments of the Church Commissioners are the responsibility of the assets committee. They are guided by a professional investment team supported by external advisers and the advice of the Church of England ethical investment advisory group.

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[30 Oct 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Episcopal Vacancies

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): Between December and July, the Crown Nominations Commission is due to consider appointments to four vacant diocesan sees: Southwell and Nottingham, Gloucester, Oxford, and Newcastle. In addition, nine of the Church’s 68 suffragan sees are either vacant or due to become vacant over the coming months.