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1Amendment of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1840E

(1)In section 67 of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1840 (which provides for the application of the revenues of the Church Commissioners), the Proviso is repealed.

(2)Section 12 of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1860 and, in section 14, the words “the proviso at the end of the said section, or” are repealed.

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

2Amendment of Burial Act 1857E

For section 25 of the Burial Act 1857 there is substituted the following section—

25Offence of removal of body from burial ground

(1)It is an offence for a body or any human remains which have been interred in a place of burial to be removed unless one of the conditions listed in subsection (2) is complied with.

(2)The conditions referred to in subsection (1) are—

(a)the body or remains is or are removed in accordance with a faculty granted by the court;

(b)the body or remains is or are removed in accordance with the approval of a proposal under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011 (No. 1) by the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England or a fabric advisory committee;

(c)unless the body or remains is or are interred in land which is subject to the jurisdiction of the court or its or their removal requires or require the approval of a proposal under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011, the body or remains is or are removed under a licence from the Secretary of State and in accordance with any conditions attached to the licence.

(3)A person who removes a body or remains in contravention of subsections (1) and (2) is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

(4)In subsection (2)(a) and (c) “court” means the consistory court of the diocese or, in the diocese of Canterbury, the commissary court of that diocese or any other court or body referred to in section 1(2) or (3) of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 having jurisdiction to determine the matter..

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 1.1.2015 by S.I. 2014/2077, art. 2(2) (with Sch. para. 12)

3Amendment of Episcopal Endowments and Stipends Measure 1943E

For section 5 of the Episcopal Endowments and Stipends Measure 1943 (6 & 7 Geo. 6 No. 2), there is substituted the following section—

5Powers of Commissioners to pay expenses

Where a scheme is in force in respect of a see, the Commissioners may—

(a)pay the whole, or any part, of the stipend of any suffragan bishop or any chaplain to the bishop, and

(b)provide such amount, by way of annual sum or otherwise, in respect of the expenses of the bishop or any suffragan bishop in connection with the performance of the duties of their offices as the Commissioners think fit..

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

4Power of Church Commissioners and Pensions Board to enter into derivative contracts, etc.E

(1)After section 6 of the Church Commissioners Measure 1947 (10 and 11 Geo. 6 No. 2), there is inserted the following section—

6AFurther provisions relating to the Assets Committee

(1)The Commissioners may exercise their powers to make investments by entering into derivative contracts, derivative financial instruments and equity instruments and the function of the Assets Committee, under section 6(3)(a) above, to make, realise and change investments includes power to enter into any of those contracts or instruments.

(2)In subsection (1) above, “derivative contracts” means options, futures or contracts for differences, within the meaning which those expressions have for the purposes of the Corporation Tax Act 2009, and “derivative financial instruments” and “equity instruments” have the same meanings as in that Act.

(3)The Commissioners may, by regulations, amend subsection (1) above by adding other financial instruments to those listed in that subsection.

(4)A draft of any regulations proposed to be made shall be laid before the General Synod and, if they are approved by the General Synod with or without amendment, the draft regulations so approved shall be referred to the Commissioners.

(5)Where draft regulations are referred to the Commissioners under subsection (4) above—

(a)if they have been approved by the General Synod without any amendment, the Commissioners shall, by applying their seal, make the regulations;

(b)if they have been approved by the General Synod with amendments, the Commissioners may either—

(i)by applying their seal make the regulations as amended, or

(ii)withdraw the draft regulations for further consideration in view of any amendment by the General Synod,

and the regulations shall not come into force until they have been sealed by the Commissioners.

(6)Where the Business Committee of the General Synod determines that draft regulations do not need to be debated by the General Synod, then unless—

(a)notice is given by a member of the General Synod in accordance with its standing orders that he or she wishes the draft regulations to be debated, or

(b)notice is given by any such member that he or she wishes to move an amendment to the draft regulations,

the draft regulations shall, for the purposes of subsections (4) and (5) above, be deemed to have been approved by the General Synod without amendment.

(7)The Statutory Instruments Act 1946 (c. 36) applies to any regulations sealed by the Commissioners under subsection (5) above as if they were a statutory instrument and were made when sealed by the Commissioners, and as if this Measure were an Act providing that any such regulations were to be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament..

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(3)Schedule 2 contains further amendments to the Church Commissioners Measure 1947 and the Clergy Pensions Measure 1961.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

5Amendment of Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956E

(1)The Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 (4 & 5 Eliz. 2 No. 3) is amended as follows.

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(3)Section 7 shall become subsection (1) of that section and there is added the following subsection—

(2)The objects referred to in subsection (1)(iv) may be determined either generally or by reference to particular occasions or occasions of a particular class..

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I5S. 5 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

F36Amendment of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963E

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F47Amendment of Faculty Jurisdiction Measure 1964E

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8Amendment of Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967E

(1)The Overseas and Other Clergy (Ministry and Ordination) Measure 1967 (No. 3) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 1—

(a)in subsection (4), after the word “permission” there are inserted the words “ or any instrument under subsection (5A) revoking a permission ”;

(b)after subsection (5) there is inserted the following subsection—

(5A)The Archbishop of the same province may, if he considers that there is any cause which appears to him to be good and reasonable, revoke, in writing, a permission granted to an overseas clergyman under this section, unless—

(a)the clergyman is a freehold incumbent or, at that time, holds office under Common Tenure, or

(b)the matter which constitutes a good and reasonable cause is a matter for which a censure of deprivation under section 49(1)(a) of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963 or a penalty under section 24(1)(a), (c) or (d) of the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 or a penalty of removal from office or prohibition for life under section 30 or 31 of that Measure could be, but has not been, imposed..

(3)After section 1 there is added the following section—

1AGeneral permission to overseas clergymen to officiate

(1)Without prejudice to section 1 of this Measure, the Archbishop of either province may, by an instrument in writing, grant, in accordance with the following provisions of this section, a general permission to overseas clergymen to officiate as priest or deacon in that province.

(2)A permission granted under this section shall specify—

(a)the class or description of overseas clergymen to which it relates,

(b)the functions, or class or description of functions, which any clergyman may exercise in accordance with the permission, and

(c)the duration of the permission.

(3)A permission granted under this section may be for an indefinite period or for such period as is specified in the permission and, where it is granted for a limited period, may be extended by a further permission, either for an indefinite or for a limited period.

(4)A clergyman may not, in accordance with any permission granted under this section, solemnize or publish the banns of a marriage.

(5)The Archbishop of either province may, at any time, amend or revoke a permission granted by him under this section by a further instrument in writing.

(6)No overseas clergyman may hold office under Common Tenure, unless he has a permission to officiate under section 1 of this Measure.

(7)Subject to subsections (4) and (6) of this section, a clergyman who officiates under a permission granted under this section shall, when exercising any function to which the permission relates,—

(a)be in the same position as if he had been granted permission to officiate under section 1 of this Measure, and

(b)for the duration of the permission, possess the same rights and advantages, and be subject to all such duties and liabilities, as he would have possessed and been subject to if he had been ordained by a bishop in a diocese in the province of Canterbury or York (otherwise than under section 5 of this Measure).

(8)Section 1(4) of this Measure shall apply to a permission granted under this section or an instrument amending or revoking such a permission as it applies to a permission granted or any instrument revoking a permission under that section and the reference in section 1(6) to a permission granted under that section shall include a reference to a permission granted under this section..

Commencement Information

I6S. 8 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

9Amendment of Synodical Government Measure 1969E

In the Church Representation Rules contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 (No. 2)—

(a)in rule 42(1), there is added at the end the following paragraph—

(h)the Chair of the Dioceses Commission; and

(b)in rule 46A(c), the words “the Central Board of Finance,” are omitted.

Commencement Information

I7S. 9 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

10Amendment of Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976E

(1)For section 6(1) of the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976 (No. 4) there is substituted the following subsection—

(1)The Commissioners may from time to time pay out of their general fund—

(a)such sums as they think fit towards the stipend of any person holding the office of archdeacon, and

(b)such annual sum in respect of the expenses incurred by any person referred to in paragraph (a) above in connection with the performance of the duties of that person's office as the Commissioners think fit..

(2)Schedule 2 contains further amendments to the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976.

Commencement Information

I8S. 10 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

11Amendment of Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977E

(1)After section 12 of the Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977 (No. 1) there is inserted the following section—

12ARight of appeal against findings of tribunal

(1)An appeal may be brought against the findings contained in a report by a provincial tribunal under Part I or II of this Measure in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(2)In the case of a report under Part I, the incumbent concerned or the parochial church council concerned may appeal against any findings of law or fact in the report.

(3)In the case of a report under Part I, the archdeacon in whose archdeaconry the benefice of the incumbent is or any person requesting an enquiry under section 1A(1)(d) may appeal against any findings of law in the report.

(4)In the case of a report under Part II, the incumbent may appeal against any findings of law or fact.

(5)There shall be an Appeal Panel for each province, which shall be constituted in the same way and from among the same persons as in the case of the Appeal Tribunals established under paragraph 13 of Schedule 4 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (No. 3) except that no person who—

(a)was a member of the provincial tribunal which conducted the enquiry which is the subject of the appeal, or

(b)was ineligible to be appointed to that tribunal under Schedule 1 to this Measure,

(6)The appellant must state the grounds, or a summary of the grounds, of the appeal.

(7)Where the appeal is brought under subsection (2) by the parochial church council, section 1A(1)(c), (3) and (4) apply in relation to the appeal except that the references to a request for an enquiry or a notice of intention to make it are to be construed as references to the appeal.

(8)Where the appeal is brought under subsection (3) by a person requesting an enquiry, section 1A(1)(d), (3) and (5) apply in relation to the appeal except that the references to a request for an enquiry or a notice of intention to make it are to be construed as references to the appeal.

(9)Notice of the appeal shall be given in writing to the bishop of the diocese in which the parish in question is and to the secretary of that diocese and section 1A(6) applies as it applies to a request for an enquiry..

(2)Schedule 2 contains further amendments to the Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977.

Commencement Information

I9S. 11 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

12Amendment of Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986E

(1)The Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 (No. 3) is amended as follows.

(2)After section 16 there is inserted the following section—

16ASpecial procedure for appointment of priest in charge as incumbent

(1)This section applies where a benefice is vacant and—

(a)the bishop is aware that a suspension period in respect of the benefice is shortly to come to an end, or has come to an end, or a restriction on presentation to the benefice is shortly to cease to be in force, or has ceased to be in force, and

(b)the bishop proposes that a priest in charge who holds office in respect of the benefice should be admitted to the benefice.

(2)Where subsection (1) above applies, the bishop may give notice of his proposal to—

(a)the registered patron, unless the bishop is the registered patron;

(b)the priest in charge; and

(c)the parochial church council of each parish belonging to the benefice.

(3)Upon receiving the notice referred to in subsection (2)(a) above and after the suspension period has come to an end or the restriction has ceased to be in force, the registered patron may, if content with the proposal, send a notice to the bishop presenting the priest in charge to him for admission to the benefice, if the following conditions are satisfied—

(a)the priest in charge has stated in writing that he is willing to be admitted to the benefice, and

(b)the parochial church council of each parish belonging to the benefice has passed a resolution stating that it approves the proposal that the priest in charge should be admitted.

(4)No member of a parochial church council who is the priest in charge or the spouse or civil partner of the priest in charge or the registered patron or the representative of the registered patron shall attend a meeting at which the resolution mentioned in subsection (3)(b) is proposed to be considered.

(5)Unless section 2 of the 2010 Measure applies, where the bishop is the registered patron, and the conditions set out in subsection (3)(a) and (b) are satisfied, he may, after complying with the requirements of section 19, collate the priest in charge to the benefice.

(6)Where section 2 of the 2010 Measure applies and the bishop is the relevant bishop for the purposes of section 2(2), the bishop shall, if Her Majesty has not given notice under section 2(3), if the conditions set out in subsection (3)(a) and (b) are satisfied, present the priest in charge on behalf of Her Majesty for admission to the benefice.

(7)Where—

(a)the registered patron has given notice in accordance with subsection (3) above, or

(b)the bishop has complied with the requirements of section 19 under subsection (5) above, or

(c)the bishop has presented the priest in charge on behalf of Her Majesty for admission to the benefice under subsection (6) above,

the provisions of this Measure mentioned in subsection (8) below and section 88(d) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 shall not apply.

(8)The provisions referred to in subsection (7) above are sections 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

(9)Where a registered patron (other than the bishop) proposes to send a notice to the bishop in accordance with subsection (3), sections 8 and 9 shall apply as if the notice given by the bishop under subsection (2) were a notice under section 7(4).

(10)In this section “suspension period” has the meaning assigned to it in section 85(1) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and “restriction” means a restriction on the right of presentation to a benefice imposed under section 38 or 87 of that Measure..

(3)In section 24(3), for the words “11 and 12” there are substituted “11, 12 and 16A” and for the words “ section 13 ” there are substituted “sections 13 and 16A”.

(4)In section 35(1A), the word “and” after paragraph (c) is omitted and there is added, at the end of paragraph (d), the word “ and ” and the following paragraph—

(e)section 16A except subsection (9)..

(5)Schedule 2 contains further amendments to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986.

Commencement Information

I10S. 12 in force at 1.1.2015 by S.I. 2014/2077, art. 2(2) (with Sch. para. 4)

F513Amendment of Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991E

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14Amendment of Cathedrals Measure 1999E

(1)The Cathedrals Measure 1999 (No. 1) (“the 1999 Measure”) is amended as follows.

(2)After section 17 there is inserted the following section—

17AInvestment of endowment funds on total return basis

(1)The Chapter of any cathedral may, if it is satisfied that it is in the interests of the cathedral to do so, resolve that all or any portion of the moneys forming part of the cathedral's endowment—

(a)should be invested without the need to maintain a balance between capital and income returns, and

(b)should be freed from the restrictions on the use of the endowment contained in sections 16 and 17 above.

(2)Any resolution passed under subsection (1) above is referred to in this Measure as a total return resolution.

(3)The Chapter may, if it is satisfied that it is in the interests of the cathedral to do so, amend or revoke a total return resolution.

(4)Where the Chapter is proposing to revoke a total return resolution, it must determine whether or not there is a negative total return, that is to say whether the total return represents a reduction in the value of the cathedral's endowment, as it was immediately before the total return resolution was passed.

(5)Where the Chapter determines under subsection (4) that there is a negative total return, it must make provision in its annual report and accounts specifying how an amount equivalent to the negative total return is to be paid into the cathedral's endowment over such period as the Chapter thinks reasonable, not exceeding 10 years from the date when the total return resolution is revoked.

(6)Where the Chapter does not determine under subsection (4) that there is a negative total return, the Chapter must determine what part of the unapplied total return of the assets of the cathedral should be allocated for accumulation as part of its investments.

(7)Where subsection (6) applies, the amount allocated must not result in the value of the cathedral's endowment immediately after the date of the revocation exceeding its value immediately before the date when the total return resolution was passed, increased by the rise in the Retail Price Index between the last mentioned date and the date of revocation.

(8)Where a total return resolution is in force, the Chapter must, so far as applicable, comply with the requirements of Schedule A1.

(9)Schedule A1 may be amended by a resolution of the General Synod.

(10)The Statutory Instruments Act 1946 (c. 36) shall apply to any resolution under subsection (9) as if it were a statutory instrument and as if this Measure were an Act providing that it should be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament..

(3)In section 27, after subsection (2) there is inserted the following subsection—

(2A)Where a total return resolution is in force in relation to a cathedral's endowment, the Chapter must, so far as applicable, comply with the requirements of Schedule A1..

(4)Schedule 2 contains a further amendment to the 1999 Measure.

(5)Schedule A1 to the 1999 Measure is set out in Schedule 1.

Commencement Information

I11S. 14 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

F615Tenure of office of vicars general and surrogatesE

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16Amendment of Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007E

(1)The Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 (No. 1) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 4(3), at the end there are added the following paragraphs—

(e)the re-naming of a diocesan or suffragan see;

(f)the creation of a new suffragan bishopric..

(3)After section 4(3) there is inserted the following subsection—

(3A)Where a new suffragan bishopric is created under subsection (3) above, the suffragan bishopric shall have effect as if an Order in Council had been made under section 2 of the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888 directing that the town concerned be taken and accepted for the see of a suffragan bishop..

(4)For paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 there is substituted the following paragraph—

2(1)The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York acting jointly in the following manner—

(a)the Chair shall be appointed with the approval of the General Synod, and

(b)the Vice-Chair shall be appointed from among the members of the House of Clergy and the House of Laity of the General Synod.

(2)Before appointing a lay person to be the Chair the Archbishops shall satisfy themselves that that person is an actual communicant within the meaning of rule 54(1) of the Church Representation Rules contained in Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969..

(5)Schedule 2 contains further amendments to the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007.

Commencement Information

I12S. 16 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

F717Power for chancellor to determine feesE

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18Power for General Cemetery Company to dispose of whole or part of Kensal Green CemeteryE

(1)Notwithstanding section 5 of the Act 2 & 3 Will. IV c. cx, the consistory court of the diocese of London may grant a faculty authorising the sale or other disposal by the General Cemetery Company of any land forming part of Kensal Green Cemetery which has been consecrated and set apart for the burial of the dead.

(2)Any sale or other disposal authorised under subsection (1) shall be subject to such conditions and on such terms as the court may determine.

Commencement Information

I13S. 18 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

19Provisions relating to Christ Church, OxfordE

For section 2(3) of the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 1995 (No. 2) there is substituted the following subsection—

(3)Notwithstanding sections 5 and 6 of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners Act 1840, which annexed 2 canonries in the chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford to, respectively, the Lady Margaret's professorship of divinity and the regius professorship of ecclesiastical history, those professorships may be held either by residentiary canons in the chapter or by lay canons appointed pursuant to subsection (1)..

Commencement Information

I14S. 19 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

20Minor and consequential amendmentsE

Schedule 2 contains minor amendments and amendments which are consequential on other enactments or which clarify ambiguities in the law.

Commencement Information

I15S. 20 in force at 19.5.2014 by S.I. 2014/1369, art. 2

21Citation, commencement and extentE

(1)This Measure may be cited as the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure 2014.

(2)This section shall come into force on the day on which this Measure is passed and the other provisions of this Measure shall come into force on such day as the Archbishops of Canterbury and York may by order jointly appoint and—

(a)different days may be appointed for different provisions or for different purposes, and

(b)an order may contain transitional or saving provisions.

(3)This Measure extends to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury and York, except that it only extends to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in accordance with the following provisions of this section.

(4)The following provisions extend to the Isle of Man—

(a)sections 1, 4, 8 and this section; and

(b)paragraphs 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 18(1) and 20 of Schedule 2 and section 20, so far as it relates to those paragraphs.

(5)If an Act of Tynwald or an instrument made under an Act of Tynwald so provides, the following provisions also extend to the Isle of Man subject to such exceptions, adaptations or modifications as are specified in the Act of Tynwald or instrument—

(a)sections 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17;

(b)paragraphs 5, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 and 19 of Schedule 2 and section 20, so far as it relates to those paragraphs; and

(c)Schedule 3.

(6)This section and sections 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 and any provision of Schedule 2 which amends an enactment which extends to the Channel Islands and section 20, so far as it relates to that provision, may be applied to the Channel Islands as defined in the Channel Islands (Church Legislation) Measures 1931 and 1957 or either of them, in accordance with those Measures.

(7)The power to make an order conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable by statutory instrument and the Statutory Instruments Act 1946 (c. 36) shall apply to any such order as if it had been made by a Minister of the Crown and as if this Measure were an Act.

(8)Provision made under subsection (2)(b) may be contained in a separate order from the order which provides for the commencement to which the provision relates and, for that purpose, it does not matter—

(a)whether the order which provides for the commencement includes a provision made under subsection (2)(b);

(b)whether the commencement has taken place.

(9)An order which contains a provision made under subsection (2)(b) must be laid before Parliament and is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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