HC Deb 22 November 1999 vol 339 cc342-3
34. Mr. Desmond Swayne (New Forest, West)

What plans the commissioners have to revise the structure of bishops' salaries and allowances. [99000]

Mr. Stuart Bell (Second Church Estates Commissioner, representing the Church Commissioners)

Bishops' stipends are set by the Church Commissioners on the recommendation of the Archbishops Council as the central stipends authority.

Mr. Swayne

What possibility is there of linking theological orthodoxy and evangelical zeal to remuneration, especially expenses payable, so that occupants of the pews can be reassured that they are getting value for money?

Mr. Bell

The clergy are there for the salvation of souls, and I am sure that they do a wonderful job. As for expenses, it is important to bear it in mind that bishops' expenses are only 1.5 per cent. of the total running costs of the Church.