THE Green report was on everyone's lips as the General Synod
began earlier this week; but, to the annoyance of some members, it
was not on the agenda. Timothy Allen (St Edmundsbury & Ipswich)
put it to the chair of the Synod's business committee, Canon Sue
Booys, that the report Talent Management for Future
Leaders, produced by a group chaired by Prebendery the Lord
Green of Hurstpierpoint, was being withheld from debate "out of
embarrassment at Lord Green's earlier roles at HSBC, which on his
watch was involved in facilitating tax evasion through Swiss bank
accounts. Do they want to close the Wash House door on HSBC's dirty
linen?" His question prompted long applause from the Synod.
The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, who is leading
the House of Bishops' work on the Green report, said he wished
communication around the report had been better, when it was leaked
last year (News, 12 and
He noted, however, that the money being proposed to spend on
transforming the appointments and training of bishops was not money
from General Synod. The development of clergy was, and always had
been, "the particular responsibility of bishops with
The other reports released as part of the "Reform and Renewal"
programme last month were due to be debated on Wednesday afternoon,
after a morning of small group discussions.