Voting Behaviour:Written question - 240953

Q
(South Holland and The Deepings)
Asked on: 04 April 2019
Church Commissioners
Voting Behaviour
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church is taking to improve democratic participation among its lay members.
A
Answered by: Dame Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 08 April 2019

The Church of England encourages responsible democratic participation in its schools and parishes, as one of the stakeholders involved with UK Parliament Week, and as a provider of hustings and other forms of engagement at election times. The General Synod is the Church’s own national legislative body, to which lay members can be elected. The Ecclesiastical Committee of Parliament is expected soon to consider a Church Measure that will reform and simplify Church representation rules on elections for Parochial Church Councils, Deanery and Diocesan Synods.

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