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The debate in the European Parliament this morning (7 November 2002) on the petition of Revd Ray Owen took place in Brussels this morning. Unfortunately it appears that none of the six MEPs taking part in the debate were aware of a fundamental error in the report they were debating concerning Church of England legislation, despite efforts to bring this to their attention before the debate.

The error made was for the report to suggest that Mr Owen should have been granted a freehold office rather than one for a term of seven years under the church legislation covering his appointment as a Team Rector.

The Archbishop's Council also welcomes the finding of the EU Commission that no EU laws have been breached by the Church in the handling of Ray Owen's case.