Thinking Anglicans

Answerable to Parliament

Sir Stuart Bell is the Second Church Estates Commissioner. The work of the Church Commissioners as a whole is described here. As part of the Commissioners’ accountability to Parliament, MPs may ask the Commissioners questions in the House of Commons. This task is performed by the Second Church Estates Commissioner, who is an elected Member of the House of Commons.

There is a new website, still in beta,, which makes reading Hansard much easier. Recent entries for the Second Church Estates Commissioner in the House of Commons look like this:

6 December 2004

Written answers: Church Commissioners

Debates: Church Appointments

Debates: Terms of Employment

Debates: Women Bishops

Debates: Redundant Churches

This system would be even more useful if it were to be applied to the speeches of bishops in the House of Lords.

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