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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.

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

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The Church of England is taking a significant role in tackling extremism by supporting the work of the Government and by working through its own networks of local communities and the wider international Anglican communion.

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[30 Oct 2014]
Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Ordination of Women

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Sir Tony Baldry): The Church’s memorandum to the Ecclesiastical Committee gave a detailed assessment of that provision. I also refer the hon. Lady to the Lords Hansard report for 14 October, in which the Archbishop of Canterbury ably explained clause 2. I tried to explain it when I took the measure through the House but, given that she has tabled this question, clearly I lamentably failed.

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[20 Oct 2014]
Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure

That the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure (HC 621), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for her Royal Assent in the form in which it was laid before Parliament.