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Synodical Government Measure 1969

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[F143(1)A diocesan synod may make a scheme to vary the preceding provisions of this Part of these Rules that relate to the membership of diocesan synods so as both—E

(a)to meet the special circumstances of the diocese, and

(b)to secure better representation of clergy or of laity, or of both, on the diocesan synod.

(2)Where a scheme under this Rule has effect, the preceding provisions of this Part of these Rules, in so far as they apply to the diocesan synod in question, have effect subject to the scheme.

(3)A copy of a proposed scheme under this Rule must be given to members of the diocesan synod at least 14 days before the meeting at which it is to be considered for approval.

(4)A proposed scheme under this Rule is approved by the diocesan synod only if—

(a)the house of bishops approves it,

(b)in the house of clergy, it is approved by at least two-thirds of its members present and voting, and

(c)in the house of laity, it is approved by at least two-thirds of its members present and voting.

(5)A proposed scheme under this Rule which is approved by the diocesan synod must be laid before the General Synod.

(6)If a member of the General Synod gives notice in accordance with its Standing Orders that the member wishes a proposed scheme under this Rule to be debated, the scheme does not come into operation unless it is approved by the General Synod.

(7)If a proposed scheme under this Rule is approved by the General Synod or no notice such as is mentioned in paragraph (6) is given, the scheme comes into operation—

(a)on the day after the end of the group of sessions during which it was laid before, or approved by, the Synod, or

(b)such later date as the scheme may specify.]

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