Church Commissioners Written Answers: Definitions of a Parish

Andrew Selous MP, representing the Church Commissioners, gave the following written answer to a question from an MP on 28th March 2022:

Ben Bradshaw MP (Lab): To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to change the definition of a parish; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 on the definition of a parish.

Andrew Selous MP (Con): There are no plans to change the legal definition of a parish.

The Mission and Pastoral Measure carries forward from previous legislation a well-established legal definition of a parish in section 105: Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 ( in a new tab)

The Church Representation Rules also contain a definition in rule 82: Church Representation Rules online – part 8 | The Church of England


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