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Synodical Government Measure 1969

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[F146(1)The members of the House of Laity of the General Synod are—E

(a)each person elected by the diocesan electors of each diocese (see Rule 54),

(b)each representative elected under the Channel Islands (Representation) Measure 1931,

(c)two lay persons [F2elected or] chosen by and from the members of religious communities having their mother house in either province, with the [F3election or] choice being made in such manner as the rules under Rule 56 provide,

(d)each person who is an ex officio member under Rule 47,

(e)each person who is co-opted under Rule 48, and

(f)at least three but no more than four other persons, each of whom is an actual communicant and who is elected or chosen as soon as practicable after a dissolution of the Synod in such manner as the Armed Forces Synod may decide [F4or, in so far as provision is not made in that manner, in such manner as the rules under Rule 56 provide].

(2)The term of office of a member of the House of Laity under paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or (f) is (subject to termination or resignation) for the lifetime of the Synod for which the member is elected or chosen; but that does not prevent the person from doing either of the following during a dissolution of the Synod—

(a)acting under Article 3(4) of the Constitution (under which a person may continue to act as a member of a body of the Synod);

(b)continuing to be an ex officio member of a body constituted under these Rules.

(3)The deadline for qualifying as a member of a religious community for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c) is 6.00 a.m. on—

(a)the date of the dissolution of the Synod, or

(b)where there is a casual vacancy, the date on which nomination papers are issued.

(4)The total number of persons elected or chosen under the following provisions taken together must not exceed seven—

(a)paragraph [F5(1)(f)] of this Rule F6... ,

(b)in Canon H2 (representation of the clergy in the Lower House of the Convocations), paragraph 1(d) in the form which it takes in relation to the Province of Canterbury, and

(c)in Canon H3 (constitution of the Upper Houses of the Convocations), paragraph 1(bb).

(5)For the purposes of this Part of these Rules, the diocese in Europe is to be treated as a diocese in the province of Canterbury.]

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