Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) (Amendment) Measure 1993

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Citationmeasure 1993 No. 1


Incumbents (Vacation ofBenefices)(Amendment) Measure 1993

A Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England to amend the Incumbents (Vacation of Benefices) Measure 1977.

[27th July 1993]

S-1 Code of Practice as to reconciliation.

1 Code of Practice as to reconciliation.

In the 1977 Measuresection 1 shall be re-numbered as section 1A and before that section there shall be inserted—

S-1 ‘Code of Practice as to reconciliation.

1 ‘Code of Practice as to reconciliation.

(1) It shall be the duty of the House of Bishops to draw up rules of guidance for the purposes of this Measure generally and, in particular, as to the steps which that House considers should be taken, where the bishop of a diocese receives notice of intention to make a request under section 1A of this Measure, to—

(a) promote better relations between the incumbent and the parishioners; and

(b) remove the causes of their estrangement,

and to promulgate the rules of guidance in a Code of Practice.

(2) The House of Bishops may at any time amend or replace a Code of Practice issued under subsection (1) above by a further Code of Practice issued under that subsection.’.

S-2 Request for enquiry under Part I.

2 Request for enquiry under Part I.

(1) Section 1A of the 1977 Measure as re-numbered by this Measure (request for enquiry into pastoral situation in a parish) shall be amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A) An enquiry under this Part of this Measure shall only be undertaken after the persons concerned have had an opportunity to resolve the pastoral situation in the parish in question; and, accordingly, a request for such an enquiry shall not be made unless notice of intention to make the request has been given by the person or persons concerned to the bishop of the diocese in which the parish in question is at least six months, and not more than twelve months, before the request is made.’.

(3) At the end there shall be inserted—

(7) A request made under this section may be withdrawn by notice in writing given to the bishop of the diocese in which the parish in question is and the secretary of the diocesan synod of that diocese by—

(a) in the case of a request made by the person mentioned in subsection (1)(a) or (b) above, that person;

(b) in the case of a request made by the persons mentioned in subsection (1)(c) above, a majority of the lay members of the parochial church council of the parish present and voting at a duly convened meeting of that council on a resolution that the request be withdrawn;

(c) in the case of a request made by the persons mentioned in subsection (1)(d) above, by a majority of the members of the bishop's council and standing committee of the diocesan synod of the diocese in which the parish is,

and where a request is withdrawn under this subsection no further steps shall be taken under this Part of this Measure in connection with the request.’.

S-3 Power of bishop to order enquiry.

3 Power of bishop to order enquiry.

(1) Section 3 of the 1977 Measure (institution of enquiry) shall be amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1) for the words from ‘, subject to’ to the end there shall be substituted the words ‘the bishop may, if he thinks fit, direct the secretary of the diocesan synod to institute such enquiry’.

(3) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted—

(1A) If, within the period of six months after the relevant date, the bishop neither gives a direction under subsection (1) above nor notifies the secretary of the diocesan synod that he has decided not to give such a direction, such a direction shall be deemed to have been given.

(1B) In this section ‘relevant date’ means—

(a) in either of the cases described in subsection (1)(a) above, the date on which the request was made;

(b) in the case described in subsection (1)(b) above, the date on which the report was made;

(c) in the case described in subsection (1)(c) or (d) above, the date on which the bishop is informed that, notwithstanding that the archdeacon did not report that in his opinion an enquiry under this Part of this Measure should be instituted, such an enquiry is nevertheless required.’.

(4) Subsections (2) and (3) (which specify circumstances in which the bishop has discretion whether or not to give a direction under subsection (1)) shall cease to have effect.

S-4 Abolition of diocesan committees of enquiry.

4 Abolition of diocesan committees of enquiry.

Enquiries under the 1977 Measure shall no longer be conducted by diocesan committees of enquiry, but shall in all cases be conducted by provincial tribunals and the provisions of that Measure relating to such committees shall cease to have effect.

S-5 Medical examinations.

After section 7 of the 1977 Measure there shall be inserted—

S-7A

7A ‘Medical examinations.

(1) The tribunal by which an enquiry under Part I or II of this Measure is being conducted may direct that the incumbent concerned should undergo a medical examination in accordance with rules made under section 18 of this Measure for the purpose of obtaining a report on his mental or physical condition; and the tribunal may at any time revoke or vary a direction given under this subsection.

(2) Where a tribunal gives a direction under subsection (1) above and the incumbent concerned fails to take any step required of him for the purpose of giving effect to the direction, the tribunal may draw such inferences (if any) from that fact as appear proper in the circumstances, without prejudice to the drawing of any other inferences that may properly be drawn by the tribunal in the course of the enquiry.’.

S-6 Inhibition in disability cases.

After section 9 of the 1977 Measure there shall be inserted—

S-9A

9A ‘Inhibition in disability cases.

(1) Subject to the following provisions of this section, where—

(a) the bishop of a diocese has instructed the secretary of the diocesan synod to institute an enquiry under Part II of this Measure; or

(b) the tribunal by which an enquiry under Part I of this Measure was conducted has reported to the bishop in accordance with section 9(2) of this Measure,

and it appears to the bishop that it is desirable in the interests of the Church of England that he should take action under this section, it shall be lawful for the bishop to cause a notice to be served on the incumbent who is the subject of the enquiry inhibiting him from executing or performing without the consent of the bishop any such right or duty of or incidental to his office as the bishop may specify.

(2) A notice of inhibition shall not be served under subsection (1) above in the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection after the tribunal by which the enquiry was conducted has made its report to the bishop unless it reports that in its opinion the incumbent concerned is unable by reason of age or infirmity of mind or body to discharge adequately the duties attaching to his benefice.

(3) Where the tribunal has reported to the bishop that in its opinion the incumbent concerned is unable by reason of age or infirmity of mind or body to discharge adequately the duties attaching to his benefice, a notice of inhibition shall not be served under subsection (1) above after the expiry of the period of three months following the making of the report unless—

(a) the bishop has notified the incumbent under section 11(2)(a) of this Measure that it is desirable that he should resign his benefice, in which case such a notice may be served at any time before he ceases to be the incumbent; or

(b) the bishop has given the incumbent leave of absence under section 11(2)(c) of this Measure, in which case such a notice may be served at any time during the leave of absence.

(4) A notice of inhibition served under subsection (1) above shall cease to have effect—

(a) if it is served before the tribunal makes its report to the bishop, on the making of the report unless it reports that the incumbent concerned is unable by reason of age or infirmity of mind or body to discharge adequately the duties attaching to his benefice; or

(b) on the expiry of the period of three months following the making of the report to the bishop unless the bishop has taken action under section 11(2)(a) or (c) of this Measure; or

(c) if the bishop gives the incumbent leave of absence under section 11(2)(c) of this Measure, on the expiry of the leave of absence; or

(d) on the benefice of the incumbent becoming vacant.

(5) The bishop may at any time revoke a notice of inhibition served under this section.’.

S-7 Powers of bishop in cases of breakdown of pastoral relationship.

In section 10 of the 1977 Measure (powers of bishop in cases of breakdown of pastoral relationship)—

(a) in subsection (2) for the word ‘shall’ there shall be substituted the word ‘may’;

(b)in subsection (6) at the end there shall be inserted—

‘and may, if he thinks fit, disqualify such of them as he thinks fit from being a church warden or member or officer of the parochial church council of the parish in question and of such other parishes in his diocese as he may specify during such period not exceeding five years as he may specify’;

(c) after subsection (6) there shall be inserted—

(6A) Where the bishop disqualifies a person who is or who becomes a lay member of a deanery synod, a diocesan synod, or the General Synod from being a member of a parochial church council during any period under subsection (6) above, that person shall not be a member of that council by virtue of that lay membership during that period, notwithstanding rule 12(1)(e) of the Church Representation Rules’;

(d) at the end there shall be inserted—

(9) The bishop may revoke any disqualification effected under subsection (5) or (6) above.’.

S-8 Compensation.

8 Compensation.

(1) For section 13 of the 1977 Measure there shall be substituted—

S-13 ‘Compensation.

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