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In brief

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20 February 2015

CANON Sue Booys (Oxford), who chairs the Business Committee, moved the approval of the recommendations for seat allocation in the General Synod elections later in the year.

Gerald O'Brien (Rochester) said the new seat allocations were "unsupportable and gerrymandered", even if the Synod had no choice but to support them. He noted that electors in St Edmundsbury & Ipswich elected three members of the Synod; but so did the diocese in Europe, which had half the electorate.

"In justice, equity, fairness, and common sense, this proposal fails the test," he said.

Canon Booys said that she had had this discussion with Mr O'Brien on a number of occasions, and was not likely to change his mind. The beginning of the next quinquennium was the best time to raise the issue again.

The motion was clearly carried. 

Amending Canon No. 32, which makes a number of changes to the arrangements for synodical elections, and was given final approval in July 2014, returned to the Synod. The Synod voted that it should be made, promulged, and executed. 


THE Bishop of Sodor & Man
, the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, moved the preliminary step to implementation of a motion carried by the Synod changing authorisation of lay people to distribute holy communion. The Synod agreed that a bishop should be able to delegate the decision, and agreed to amend Canon B12 (Of the ministry of the Holy Communion). The motion was carried by Houses without debate: Bishops 25-0; Clergy 94-6; Laity 104-10 with 4 recorded abstentions. The motion that the petition for the Royal Assent and Licence be adopted was then carried on a show of hands.

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