The current Dioceses Commission was set up in 2008. It has a
primary duty to keep under review the provincial and diocesan
structure of the Church of England and in particular:
- the size, boundaries and number of provinces;
- the size, boundaries and number of dioceses and their
distribution between the provinces;
- the number and distribution of bishops and the arrangements for
Further information about the Commission can be found on the
pages accessed from the Related Links menu on the right of this
page or from the links below.
Dioceses Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007
The Commission is established under Part II of the Dioceses,
Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007. Please click here for
Background papers relevant to the Commission's work are
available by clicking here.
The Commission is conducting a programme of boundary
reviews and information about this can be found by clicking here.
The Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield
Information on the scheme to reorganise the three West Yorkshire
dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield can be
found by clicking here. The scheme was confirmed by an
Order in Council on 9 October 2013. For more information click on
the following link: Her Majesty The Queen says Yes to new
Timetable of Key Dates:
The timetable of key dates for the new diocese of Leeds (West
Yorkshire and the Dales) was published in August 2013.
Ripon & Leeds
The Commission's annual reports are available by
The Commission has a duty to disseminate information about good
practice in diocesan administration. Please click here for further
Joint Diocesan Working Review
to read the Commission's summary of a review on joint diocesan
working arrangements (July 2013).
Suffragan Sees and Episcopal Oversight
The Commission also has responsibilities in relation to the
creation and filling of suffragan sees and it is entitled to be
consulted about any proposal to change the name of an episcopal
see. Further information about this can be found by
Episcopal Oversight in the Diocese of York
A consulation has taken place on episcopal oversight
in the Diocese of York. Please click here for more information.
Members, Staff and Contact details
Information about the members and staff of the Commission and
relevant contact details can be found by clicking here.
[Last updated: 16 October 2013]