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Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986

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16 Presentation to benefices remaining vacant for [F118 months].U.K.

[F2(1)This section applies where a benefice becomes vacant and, at the end of the period of [F318 months beginning with the start date specified in the notice under section 7(4)], the bishop has not received—

(a)a notice of presentation under section 13(6), or

(b)if the bishop is the registered patron, an acceptance of any offer made by the bishop to collate a priest to the benefice.

(1A)The right of presentation to the benefice shall be exercisable by the bishop in accordance with this section.]

(2)In calculating the period of [F418 months] mentioned in subsection (1) above, no account shall be taken of any of the following periods, that is to say—

(a)a period during which the decision of the bishop to refuse to approve the making to a priest of an offer to present him to a benefice is under review by an archbishop,

(b)a suspension period within the meaning of [F5section 85 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011], [F6or any period during which the benefice is vacant immediately before the declaration of a suspension period or between suspension periods,] and

(c)a period during which the exercise of rights of presentation is restricted under [F7section 38 or 87] of that Measure.

F8(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)[F9Before deciding on the priest to whom an offer to be collated to the benefice is to be made, the bishop shall consult], the parish representatives and such other persons as he thinks fit, including other persons who in his opinion can also represent the views of the parishioners and, if during the period of [F1018 months] mentioned in subsection (1) above the approval ofF11... the parish representatives to the making of an offer to a priest by the registered patron of the vacant benefice has been refused under section 13 of this Measure, [F12the bishop shall not make any offer to that priest under this section unless the consent of] the parish representatives has been obtained.

[F13(5A)Before the bishop has decided on the priest to whom an offer to be collated to the benefice is to be made, the parochial church council may resolve that the archbishop should instead make the decision; and where the parochial church council so resolves, the secretary to the council shall send a copy of the resolution to the archbishop.

(5B)Having received a copy of a resolution made under subsection (5A), the archbishop shall proceed to decide to whom an offer to be collated to the benefice is to be made; and once a priest accepts such an offer made by the archbishop, the archbishop shall send the bishop a notice presenting the priest to the bishop for admission to the benefice.]

F14(6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F6Words in s. 16(2)(b) inserted (11.6.2008) by Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 (No. 1), ss. 63(3), 66(2); 2007 No. 3, Instrument made by Archbishops

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