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After women, minorities

20 March 2015


From Lord Blair of Boughton
Sir, - The Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill now leaves Parliament to await Royal Assent. The Bishops in the Lords, and many members of both Houses of Parliament, gave strong support, seeing this as an urgent matter.

Now is a good time to reflect also on Black and Asian enrichment of the Church of England. It is good to affirm the enrichment that has taken place. But there remains a concern - voiced again from among the Lords Temporal in the Second Reading debate - that the enrichment is not yet being adequately matched by appointments to senior positions in the Church, including bishoprics.

The procedures agreed in the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill provide a telling example that where there is a will, a way will be found.

Blair of Boughton
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW

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