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star this property date less than 2017-11-27more like thismore than 2017-11-27
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Church Commissioners more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Christianity more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meridan, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support Christians in the UK who face difficulties in following their faith in the (a) workplace and the (b) public forum. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-29more like thismore than 2017-11-29
star this property answer text <p>At its July 2012 session the General Synod of the Church of England passed the following motion:</p><p>“That this Synod express its conviction that it is the calling of Christians to order and govern our lives in accordance with the teaching of Holy Scripture, and to manifest our faith in public life as well as in private, giving expression to our beliefs in the written and spoken word, and in practical acts of service to the local community and to the nation.‟</p><p>Bishops of the Church of England frequently speak about the need to ensure freedom of expression for Christians and for those of other faiths and none in the public square. In their joint letter before the last General Election, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote:</p><p>“Contemporary politics needs to re-evaluate the importance of religious belief. The assumptions of secularism are not a reliable guide to the way the world works, nor will they enable us to understand the place of faith in other people’s lives. Parishes and Chaplaincies of the Church of England serve people of all faiths and none. Their contribution and that of other denominations and faiths to the well-being of the nation is immense – schools, food banks, social support, childcare among many others – and is freely offered. But the role of faith in society is not just measured in terms of service delivery...The new Parliament, if it is to take religious freedom seriously, must treat as an essential task the improvement of religious literacy.”</p><p>The full text can be read here: <a href="https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fchurchinparliament.org%2F2017%2F05%2F09%2Fgeneral-election-2017-archbishops-issue-election-letter%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Ccaroline.spelman.mp%40parliament.uk%7Cf043429f8fd9451b370408d537460623%7C1ce6dd9eb3374088be5e8dbbec04b34a%7C0%7C0%7C636475696241825720&amp;sdata=OroVW92iBPZ0GqneZSZfTddQsmJ1FDDGslmLN1EJQnY%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">https://churchinparliament.org/2017/05/09/general-election-2017-archbishops-issue-election-letter/</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2017-11-29T16:39:44.547Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-29T16:39:44.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-04-23more like thismore than 2018-04-23
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Out-of-school Education more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, could she update the House on the view of the Church of England’s Education Office following the publication of the Government’s response to the Out-of-school education consultation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Harrow East more like this
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Bob Blackman more like this
star this property uin 136983 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-30more like thismore than 2018-05-30
star this property answer text <p>Following the publication of the findings from the Department for Education’s consultation on out-of-school education, the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, the Revd Nigel Genders, said: “We welcome the Government’s response to the consultation and the proposals to focus resources and energy on the areas of most concern rather than creating unhelpful bureaucracy.” The Church of England will go on working with Government on any proposal that would achieve this outcome.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-05-30T14:33:00.093Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-30T14:33:00.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Bob Blackman more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-12-19more like thismore than 2017-12-19
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Church Commissioners: Written Questions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and what proportion of the Church Commissioners' Answers to Written Parliamentary Questions in the 2017-18 Session to date have referred to the information requested not being (a) collected or (b) collated centrally. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 120313 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-12-21more like thismore than 2017-12-21
star this property answer text <p>In the 2017-18 Session, to date, no answer given by the Church Commissioners has referred to the information requested not being (a) collected or (b) collated centrally.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2017-12-21T09:55:38.077Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-21T09:55:38.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-06-04more like thismore than 2018-06-04
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Jeremy Pemberton more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how much the Church of England spent on the employment tribunal involving Jeremy Pemberton; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Exeter more like this
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Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
star this property uin 149586 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-06more like thismore than 2018-06-06
star this property answer text <p><em><em>It is not the practice of the Church Commissioners to disclose expenditure on the costs of legal proceedings of this kind (they are not required to do so under s.5 Episcopal Endowments and Stipends Measure 1943). The Church Commissioners have decided not to pursue the claimant for the costs they incurred as a result of his unsuccessful tribunal and subsequent appeals.</em></em></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-06-06T15:11:40.513Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-06T15:11:40.513Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-06-07more like thismore than 2018-06-07
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading St Mary the Virgin Church Seaham more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 26 April 2018, Official Report, col 1014, whether she has held discussions with the diocese on St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Seaham. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Easington more like this
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Grahame Morris more like this
star this property uin 151150 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-11more like thismore than 2018-06-11
star this property answer text <p>Since my oral answer of 26<sup>th</sup> April 2018 (Official Report, col 1014) I have consulted with representatives of the Diocese and of Seaham Parish and I understand that the land being developed is not owned either by the Parish, the Diocese or the Church Commissioners. Any objections must therefore be made formally and in the usual manner to the Local Authority planning office.</p><p> </p><p>To date the Diocese has not been asked to submit a view on the development. It would be for the Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s the Virgin to ask them to do so.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-06-11T15:22:31.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-11T15:22:31.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Grahame Morris more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-03-07more like thismore than 2018-03-07
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Churches: Broadband and WiFi more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to make its buildings available for broadcasting (a) Wi-Fi and (b) broadband signal to improve connectivity in rural areas; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shrewsbury and Atcham more like this
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Daniel Kawczynski more like this
star this property uin 131600 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-13more like thismore than 2018-03-13
star this property answer text <p>The Church of England recently signed an Accord with Her Majesty’s Government to enable churches to improve broadband and mobile connectivity, particularly in rural areas. The Accord sets out how the Government and the Church can collaborate to help achieve this. Specifically, companies are being invited to tender to provide connectivity under a framework agreement with rural parish churches. The intention of the Accord is to indicate to Church Chancellors, Diocesan Advisory Committees and Local Planning Departments that there is no institutional barrier to this technology being used to promote connectivity in a manner appropriate for the community.</p><p>Currently, 86.4% of households in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency can access superfast speeds - up from 5% in 2011. Church buildings and property may be a good way to reach the last 13.6% of the constituency.</p><p>The Church of England is in the process setting up a working group with interested dioceses to identify areas where further work or guidance may be required to support the Accord. Discussions are also ongoing with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to establish where the barriers are to progress this project further.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-03-13T14:44:33.133Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-13T14:44:33.133Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Daniel Kawczynski more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-09more like thismore than 2018-10-09
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Salisbury Cathedral more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what the policy of the Commissioners is on renewal of leaseholds within the precincts of Salisbury Cathedral; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency New Forest West more like this
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Sir Desmond Swayne more like this
star this property uin 177148 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-15more like thismore than 2018-10-15
star this property answer text <p>Lease renewals within the Close at Salisbury are a matter for the Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral and the Church Commissioners do not therefore have a policy on this matter. The Chapter at Salisbury Cathedral sought the Church Commissioners consent under the Cathedrals Measure 1999 for a proposal to be offered to qualifying tenants. The Church Commissioners acknowledge that the Dean and Chapter have undertaken all due diligence in respect of this proposal but were unable to approve it without a quantified assessment of its impact on the Cathedral’s mission. Since that date the Third Estates Commissioner has met with the Dean and representatives of Chapter in September and has written to the Chapter recognising the difficulties in making this assessment.</p><p>Following these discussions, we understand that the Chapter at Salisbury is intending to review the matter.</p><p /><p /> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-10-15T13:24:51.73Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-15T13:24:51.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Desmond Swayne more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-08more like thismore than 2018-10-08
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Church Commissioners more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which AGMs the Commissioners have attended in relation to companies in which shares are held by the Commissioners in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 175978 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-11more like thismore than 2018-10-11
star this property answer text <p>In 2016 the Church Commissioners established an engagement team in conjunction with the Church of England Pensions Board, reflecting the importance of engagement in the application of our ethical investment policies. The engagement team has responsibility for voting our shareholdings in publicly listed companies, preparing ethical exclusion lists, and engaging companies in which we are shareholders on issues related to our ethical policies. During 2017 they undertook 112 engagements on behalf of the Church Commissioners, which ranged from letter-based contact to regular meetings with Chairs or Board members. The most significant proportion of face-to-face meetings remained with companies in the extractive industries. A list of company AGMs attended by the Church Commissioners’ Engagement Team in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (to date) is below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2016</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>ANGLO AMERICAN PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BHP BILLITON PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BP PLC, LONDON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Centrica plc Exxon</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>GLENCORE PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>OCADO GROUP</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RIO TINTO PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>TULLOW OIL</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>ANGLO AMERICAN PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Antofagasta plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BP PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Exxon</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Glencore plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RIO TINTO PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>ANGLO AMERICAN PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>BP PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Centrica plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>EXXON</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Glencore plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Millennium &amp; Copthorne Hotels plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>RIO TINTO PLC</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Dutch Shell</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>WPP plc.</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-10-11T16:22:52.317Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-11T16:22:52.317Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-10-08more like thismore than 2018-10-08
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Housing Estates: Sales more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which housing estates (a) in the Greater London area and (b) elsewhere have been sold by the Church Commissioners; and whether guarantees were sought that those estates would remain in social housing ownership. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 175982 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-19more like thismore than 2018-10-19
star this property answer text <p>In 2005 and 2006 following careful consideration the Church Commissioners took the decision to sell what were known as the Octavia Hill Estates, comprising approximately 1,580 flats and houses within the Greater London area.</p><p> </p><p>The sales, to a joint venture between Grainger plc and Genesis Housing Group, were subject to the residents’ leases, and the rights and obligations contained in these remained. A commitment was made to engage with residents’ associations and to keep in touch with tenants as the sales progressed to keep them fully informed. Some tenants had the right to purchase their properties and this was communicated to the qualifying tenants.</p><p> </p><p>In 1985 the Church Commissioners took the decision to sell their residential property holdings in Brixton to a housing association. According to the records of the Commissioners covenants were not placed on these properties and to the best of knowledge these properties are still owned by a housing association.</p><p> </p><p>The Church Commissioners are not and have never been a social housing provider and have a statutory duty to deliver the best possible return on their investments to fund the work and mission of the Church of England across the country. The Church Commissioners continue to provide new housing across the country where they have land holdings and affordable housing is a key part of that provision.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-10-19T15:07:24.727Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-19T15:07:24.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
872557
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star this property date less than 2018-03-27more like thismore than 2018-03-27
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Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept id 9 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Honourable Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, with reference to news release Church of England’s National Investing Bodies launch policy on investing in Extractive Industries, published by the Church of England in November 2017, what steps the Church Commissioners have taken to promote ethical investment policies in respect of the extractive industries to other faiths. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westmorland and Lonsdale more like this
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Tim Farron more like this
star this property uin 134371 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-29more like thismore than 2018-03-29
star this property answer text <p>The Extractive Industries Policy of the National Investing Bodies of the Church of England was launched in November 2017. During the development of the policy, we sought views from both faith and non-faith organisations. Since the policy launch, the Church Commissioners have discussed our new approach with various faith and non-faith organisations and are due to present the policy to the Church Investors Group in the coming months.</p><p>A number of the areas of the policy require engagement with extractive industry companies. Our approach has been to seek input and collaboration with other faith investors. We have also shared the policy and outlined approach widely within different faith networks. The Commissioners will continue to seek opportunities to work collaboratively with faith and non-faith investors on this issue of particular ethical importance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden remove filter
star this property answering member printed Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2018-03-29T10:24:26.353Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-29T10:24:26.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Tim Farron more like this