HC Deb 12 January 2004 vol 416 c492W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the first report of the McClean Review of clergy terms of service to the Archbishops' Council. [146835]

Sir Stuart Bell

The group's first report was considered by the Archbishops Council on 9 December. It recommends that employment rights covered by section 23 of the Employment Relations Act should be conferred on the clergy through church legislation. The report will be debated in February by the General Synod, which will be invited to encourage comments on its recommendations from dioceses and other interested parties.

A copy of the report will be sent to the DTI soon.