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Church of England: Public Appointments

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time has been to fill clergy vacancies in Lord Chancellor-appointed livings in each of the last five years. (227649)

This information is not held in this form and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many vacancies there are for clergy in the livings to which the Lord Chancellor makes the appointment. (227650)

On 15 October, there were 13 vacancies in livings to which the Lord Chancellor makes the appointment. This includes those livings where the patronage is shared and it is the Lord Chancellor’s turn to make the presentation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are plans to review the procedures for clergy appointments by his Department. (227651)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female clergy have been appointed by his Department in each of the last five years. (227652)

The figures requested are as follows:

Female

Male

2004

1

11

2005

1

5

2006

3

5

2007

1

8

2008 (to date)

1

3

In the same period, the Lord Chancellor has also appointed one female Canon Residentiary in 2006, and four male Canon Residentiaries, one in each of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.