§ Sir Bernard Braine (Castle Point)
With your permission, Mr. Speaker, and that of the House, I beg leave to present a petition from the deaconesses of the Church of England. In accordance with the customs and procedures of the House, I shall be brief. The petition, which has been signed by 601 deaconesses, states thatwhereas they already fulfil the historic and distinctive role of deaconesses within the Church, they remain in law members of laityThe petitioners praythis honourable House will support the Deacons (Ordination of Women) Measure, currently before Parliament, in order that deaconesses may be accepted into the historic ministry of the Church as deacons.I beg leave to present the petition.
§ To lie upon the Table.