HC Deb 22 March 1999 vol 328 cc22-3W
41. Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make a statement on the work of the Church Risk Management Group. [76007]

Mr. Stuart Bell

The Church Risk Management Group has recently been established in the diocese of Leicester and is available to give practical advice to all Church of England churches in the diocese on all matters relating to security and risk management. The Group includes representatives from the diocesan office, the City and County Councils, fire brigade, police and the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and will visit churches to assess and advise on risks that might not be immediately recognisable to the untrained eye. It works closely with the diocesan advisory committee and appropriate outside agencies to improve fire safety, crime reduction levels and risk management in all church property. The scheme has received an enthusiastic response from the local church and central church authorities and may be offered to other dioceses.