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Ministers of Religion: Pay

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners when the Church Commissioners last met the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss the stipendiary pay of parish priests in rural areas. (212131)

The Church Commissioners met with the Archbishop only yesterday at the Annual General Meeting of the Church Commissioners at Lambeth Palace where I took the opportunity to discuss stipend levels.

I would advise the hon. Lady that the national stipends benchmark is £20,980 but dioceses set their own policy on the application of national recommendations.