THE General Synod approved the Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution, on Tuesday afternoon.
Clive Scowen (London) sought to amend parts of the Church Representation Rules which had been missed. Second, anticipating amendments to the Draft Cathedrals Measure, it removed rules about cathedral representation on diocesan synods. This would not have an impact until the 2023 deanery-synod elections.
Also, new rules clarified rights of appeal, Mr Scowen said. An appeal would be led by the Dean of the Arches, someone he appointed, or a diocesan chancellor.
Paragraph 10 modified parts of the Churchwardens Measure for consistency with the Church Representation Rules. There were 16 amendments from David Lamming, all of which he would accept, he said.
The Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent (London), compared the item to watching paint dry, but maintained that it had to be done. The vote was carried.
Then, Canon Sue Booys (Oxford) said that a paragraph would be taken out so that it did not affect things coming into place before it in July. This was carried.
Mr Lamming then moved Item 534, a long amendment which covered a series of technical issues around appeals and the right of those whose election or eligibility is appealed against to respond in their own defence.
Mr Scowen said that he was happy to accept this amendment, and the other consequential ones that Mr Lamming would move imminently.
April Alexander (Southwark) spoke about declarations of conflicts of interest. She suggested that charity law now required this in the internal Synod elections to both the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops’ Council. Although this could not be added to this legislation, could these reforms be brought forward in a future Miscellaneous Provisions Measure?
The amendment was carried.
David Lamming (St Edmundsbury & Ipswich) moved several amendments, relating to appeals procedures.
The motion, as amended, was carried by a two-thirds majority in each House: Bishops: 21 nem. con.; Clergy: 91 nem. con.; Laity: 128 nem. con.