Church Commissioners Written Answer: Christ Church Oxford

On 11th March the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP, answered a written question from Frank Field MP about Christ Church College:

Frank Field (Birkenhead)[N]: To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, when she expects the internal investigation into complaints against the Dean of Christ Church college Oxford to conclude.

Dame Caroline Spelman: Uniquely, Christ Church Oxford is a joint foundation comprising both College and Cathedral.

The independent tribunal to investigate a complaint against the conduct of the Dean is taking place under the statutes of Christ Church, not under Church legislation.

Neither the Church Commissioners nor the wider Church of England have any role in setting the timetable or terms of reference for the tribunal.

I am given to understand that the last scheduled hearing is currently timetabled for early July and await the outcome of that process.


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