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star this property date less than 2015-05-28more like thismore than 2015-05-28
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Bats more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions the Church Commissioners have had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on changes to planning regulations that could increase the supply of places suitable for bat roosts and reduce the incidence of bats roosting in churches. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
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Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
star this property answer text <p>Following the General Election the Church Commissioners plan to seek an early meeting with the Department for Communities and Local Government regarding changing the regulations on bat roosts. In recent years the Church of England has seen increased numbers of bats using church buildings as roosts. This increased usage of our church buildings by bats for roosting is causing considerable strain on the parish communities and volunteers who maintain the parish churches alongside the great expense in cleaning and restoration of items of great religious, cultural and historic significance. In extreme cases the presence of bats is preventing the building being used for worship or by its wider community.</p><p>The Church of England is working alongside Natural England on a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund bid which will seek to provide physical and long lasting solutions for the worst affected churches and create a wider support network for those with smaller or transient bat populations. Both St . Margaret of Antioch, Wellington and St Mary’s Church, Pembridge in my Hon Friend’s constituency have faced significant problems with bat populations. Both churches are part of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid and have already installed mitigation measures. We hope the bid for support will be successful and that this might then be able to bring some relief to churches across the country.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-02T10:42:20.937Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-02T10:42:20.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Clergy: Females more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many members of the clergy in each of the last 10 years have been women. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ealing, Southall more like this
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Mr Virendra Sharma more like this
unstar this property uin 734 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
star this property answer text <p>The most recent statistics available on the number of women in ordained ministry in the Church of England can be found in the table below. These figures combine all clergy who are full time or part time stipendiary clergy and those who are self-supporting clergy. Although more recent figures are not yet available, the general trend is towards an increase in women training for ordained ministry and the Church of England has most recently appointed three women as bishops who are:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek,</p></li><li><p>The Bishop of Stockport, Rt Revd Elizabeth Lane,</p></li><li><p>And the Bishop of Hull, Rt Revd Alison White.</p></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Female</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Male</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>3,650</p></td><td><p>7,725</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>3,575</p></td><td><p>7,843</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>3,535</p></td><td><p>8,087</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>3,401</p></td><td><p>8,257</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>3,414</p></td><td><p>8,531</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>3,268</p></td><td><p>8,645</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>3,119</p></td><td><p>8,785</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>2,986</p></td><td><p>8,936</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004</p></td><td><p>2,654</p></td><td><p>8,852</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-08T16:31:11.37Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-08T16:31:11.37Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Virendra Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-02more like thismore than 2015-06-02
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Clergy: LGBT People more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what statistics the Church Commissioners collect on the number of LGBT men and women in the clergy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ealing, Southall more like this
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Mr Virendra Sharma more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
star this property answer text <p>The National Church Institutions of the Church of England do not maintain a record of the number of LGBT clergy.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-08T16:33:24.237Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-08T16:33:24.237Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Virendra Sharma more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-17more like thismore than 2015-06-17
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Solar Power more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what support she is providing to churches for the installation of PV panels. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
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Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
star this property answer text <p>The Church of England’s Church Buildings Division offers advice and support to churches across the country who are seeking to generate energy from their roof. While this may not be appropriate for all sites there are a growing number of listed church buildings, currently over 200, who have successfully managed to install solar panels. One of the best examples of the use of solar panels is the 10th century All Saints Church in Wing, Buckinghamshire which has installed solar panels on the nave and south aisle roofs. More detailed advice can be found at <a href="http://www.churchcare.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.churchcare.co.uk</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T13:12:53.407Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T13:12:53.407Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-17more like thismore than 2015-06-17
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Solar Power more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what proposals the Church Commissioners have received to allow community energy generation using church roofs for solar panels. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency North Herefordshire more like this
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Bill Wiggin more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
star this property answer text <p>The General Synod of the Church of England is committed to the whole Church reducing its carbon footprint. One strategy which is proving popular in local communities is for the Church to use solar installations on its roof to generate energy for the benefit of the surrounding community.</p><p>Examples where community generation is working well can be found in St John's Church, Old Trafford and St George's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton where both churches are part of an energy cooperative. The Church of England is committed to environmental action and finding creative solutions to reduce the energy demands of its own buildings, more detailed advice can be found at <a href="http://www.churchcare.co.uk/" target="_blank">www.churchcare.co.uk</a></p><p><br></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T13:17:47.773Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T13:17:47.773Z
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star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Church of England: Peterborough more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church Commissioners plan to dispose of land for residential development at (a) Paston Reserve and (b) Norwood in Gunthorpe, Peterborough; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Peterborough more like this
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Mr Stewart Jackson more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-06-29more like thismore than 2015-06-29
star this property answer text <p>The Church Commissioners have two strategic land sites at Peterborough; Paston Reserve and Norwood. Both sites are allocated as residential urban extension sites in Peterborough City Council’s adopted Core Strategy and Site Allocations Development Plan Documents. It is the Commissioners’ intention, over the long term, to make these sites available to facilitate the delivery of housing and other infrastructure.</p><p> </p><p>Paston Reserve currently has planning permission for 1,050 houses, local facilities (including a primary school), open space and other infrastructure. Development of the first residential phase started on site in 2014, and comprises 87 houses. The first houses on site were sold by the developer, Keepmoat, in early 2015. Discussions in regard to a second phase of development are currently underway.</p><p>With respect to Norwood, the Commissioners worked with the local planning authority through the development plan process, which saw the site’s allocation for 2,300 new houses, and are committed to bringing forward the land for development. Pre-application work is currently being progressed with the other landowners across the site and initial discussions have been had with Peterborough City Council about the site’s delivery and potential timescales for an outline planning application.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-06-29T09:52:30.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-29T09:52:30.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Stewart Jackson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Blackburn more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which non-redundant Church of England churches in the Diocese of Blackburn (a) have and (b) do not have food bank collection points. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preston more like this
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Mr Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-08more like thismore than 2015-09-08
star this property answer text <p><br></p><p>The Diocese of Blackburn works closely with ‘Together Lancashire’, a church-linked social action network run by Church Urban Fund. According to ‘together Lancashire’ there are currently around 36 food banks in the diocese of Blackburn, of which 6 are Trussell Trust foodbanks (Blacburn, Fylde, Ribble Valley, Morecombe Bay, Skelmserdale and Ormskirk). These food banks handed out an estimated 35,000 food parcels in 2014.</p><p><br></p><p>Nearly all these initiatives are church-led (though not necessarily Church of England) projects. A directory and map of food banks in Lancashire (including the unitary authorities of Blackpool and Blackburn &amp; Darwen) is available at: <a href="http://www.cuf.org.uk/node/618257" target="_blank">http://www.cuf.org.uk/node/618257</a></p><p><br></p><p>Separately, a Church in Action survey of Church of England clergy, which was published in January 2015, included a series of questions about church support for food banks. 1,812 church leaders took part in the survey. Of the 39 responses from Blackburn diocese:</p><p><br></p><ul><ul><li><p>31 churches (80%) were involved in some way in supporting a local food bank</p></li><li><p>6 offered church premises for the food bank</p></li><li><p>11 were helping to manage a food bank</p></li><li><p>14 were providing volunteers</p></li><li><p>29 were collecting food</p></li></ul></ul><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-09-08T16:16:51.127Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-08T16:16:51.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Church Commissioners more like this
star this property hansard heading Churches: Blackburn more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which Church of England churches in the Diocese of Blackburn were subject to metal theft from rooves in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014; and which such churches were redundant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preston more like this
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Mr Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-09more like thismore than 2015-09-09
star this property answer text <p>With regards to open churches the number of churches in the Blackburn Diocese which have suffered from metal theft can be found on the chart below. The chart shows the volume of claims have dropped dramatically since 2011 when the Scrap Metal Dealers Act was enforced there are still a small number of persistent gangs operating across the country who continue to damage and vandalise these local community assets. The total number of thefts does not tell the whole story as the cost to the individual parish which has suffered the damage is often considerable to repair, replace and take preventative steps against future thefts.</p><table><tbody><tr><td>Year Claim Made</td><td>2011</td><td>2012</td><td>2013</td><td>2014</td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td>Dicoese of Blackburn</td><td>73</td><td>27</td><td>14</td><td>13</td><td>127</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Churches listed below have registered 50 thefts in the specified period and are the worst effected, in addition to the list below 49 other churches have registered 77 claims in this period.</p><p><br></p><p> </p><p><strong>Listed</strong></p><p> </p><p>1 Lytham St Cuthbert – Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>2 Colne St Bartholomew – Grade1</p><p> </p><p>3 Chorley St George – Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>4 Chorley St Peter – Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>5 Charnock Richard Christ Church – Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>6 Cockerham St Michael – Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>7 Hoole St Michael – Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>8 Bamber Bridge St Saviour – Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>9 Grimsargh St Michael – Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>10 Walton-le-Dale St Leonard – Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>11 Church Kirk St James – Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>12 Accrington St John Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>13 Over Kellet St Cuthbert Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>14 Leyland St James Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>15 Mellor St Mary Grade II</p><p> </p><p>16 Douglas in Parbold Christ Church Grade 11</p><p> </p><p>17 Kirkham St Michael Grade 11*</p><p> </p><p>18 Woodplumpton St Anne – Grade11*</p><p> </p><p>19 Chorley St Laurence – Grade 11 *</p><p> </p><p>20 Bolton le Sands Holy Trinity – Grade11*</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Unlisted</strong></p><p> </p><p>21 Blackburn St Luke with St Philip</p><p> </p><p>22 Layton St Mark</p><p> </p><p>23 Thornton le Fylde Christ Church</p><p> </p><p>24 Fleetwood St Nicholas</p><p>25 Little Thornton St John</p><p>Closed churches are the responsibility for the care and maintenance of a closed church rests with the Diocesan Board of Finance during the time that a use is being sought following closure. There are currently very few closed churches in the Diocese of Blackburn and we are not aware that there has been lead roof theft from any closed church in Blackburn Diocese in the years from 2012. We are aware of one earlier theft of lead from the roof of a former church building in the Great Harwood area of Accrington. This building has since been demolished and the site sold for residential development.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-09-09T13:10:26.763Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-09T13:10:26.763Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dame Caroline Spelman remove filter
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
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star this property hansard heading Churches: North West more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which Church of England churches in the Diocese of (a) Blackburn, (b) Manchester, (c) Liverpool and (d) Carlisle were sold in 2014; and how many such churches were sold to (i) other named protestant churches, (ii) named orthodox churches, (iii) other named Christian organisations, (iv) named non-Christian organisations, (v) organisations planning to use them for housing and (vi) organisations planning to use them for other named community uses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Preston more like this
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Mr Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-09more like thismore than 2015-09-09
star this property answer text <p>From the records held centrally by the Church Commissioners, Closed Churches Division of the four dioceses mentioned only two closed churches were sold in 2014, both in the Diocese of Manchester, Primarily for use for nursery, playschool and other educational purposes, but not to named institutions. <br></p><p> </p><p>Very few Church of England church buildings are closed for regular public worship in any year and where such buildings are closed, the duty placed on the Diocese and the Church Commissioners is to seek a suitable use for the building.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014, in addition to the two closed church buildings mentioned above a further 14 closed Church of England buildings were sold and 3 leased across England: 5 for community purposes; 3 for use as a monument; 5 for residential use; and 4 for worship by other Christian bodies.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-09-09T15:23:15.307Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-09T15:23:15.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Mark Hendrick more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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Church Commissioners more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Church Commissioners more like this
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star this property hansard heading Churches: Food Banks more like this
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star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support communities to the demand for Church-run food banks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne Central more like this
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Chi Onwurah more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-10more like thismore than 2015-09-10
star this property answer text <p>Following the 'Feeding Britain' report published by the Hon. member for Birkenhead and the Lord Bishop of Truro in December 2014 the Church has continued its monitoring of food bank usage and offering support for those who are in need of the emergency food services.</p><p> </p><p>81% of the 16,000 Church of England parishes are offering support to a food bank with two-thirds involved in running or operating a food bank,</p><p>76% of churches collect food for a local food bank,</p><p>39% provide volunteers,</p><p>29% help to manage one,</p><p>22% give out vouchers</p><p>14% offer the use of their premises.</p><p> </p><p>More information about the work of the Church of England and our involvement with foodbanks can be found in the following Church Urban Fund report: Church in Action</p><p><a href="http://www.cuf.org.uk/sites/default/files/PDFs/Research/Church-in-Action-2015_0.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cuf.org.uk/sites/default/files/PDFs/Research/Church-in-Action-2015_0.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Meriden more like this
star this property answering member printed Mrs Caroline Spelman more like this
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less than 2015-09-10T12:05:39.133Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-10T12:05:39.133Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chi Onwurah more like this