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Ministers of Religion

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time non-stipendiary Ministers are currently registered by the Church of England. (294961)

At the end of 2007—the last year for which figures are available—there were 3,198 licensed non-stipendiary ministers but it is not possible to say how many were full- and part-time as requested. Non-stipendiary ministers are usually employed outside the Church and some minister regularly while others minister only occasionally.

In addition, there were 1,568 clergy in chaplaincy and other ministries (e.g. forces chaplains, hospital chaplains, school chaplains and clergy on the staff of theological colleges). Information on whether they are full-time or part-time is not held centrally.