HC Deb 19 July 1999 vol 335 c393W
Mr. Pike

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Commissioners are taking to support initiatives from the parochial ministry to celebrate the millennium. [90233]

Mr. Stuart Bell

I would encourage every parish to take steps to mark the Millennium year as the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. Now that the funding for the Faith Zone at the Dome is secure, I hope my hon. Friend will encourage churches in his own constituency to see that, whatever happens at the Dome, local community activity is an essential part of a Christian marking of the Millennium. I understand from the Churches' Millennium Office that they are very encouraged by the level of activity in churches up and down the country.