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DIOCESES COMMISSION STATEMENT

Following the end of the consultation period on the draft Reorganisation Scheme for the dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield, the Dioceses Commission has met to consider over 100 submissions made to it. It also heard oral evidence from representatives of the diocesan synods of the three dioceses. It is grateful to all those who took the trouble to write in, and to meet with it.

The Commission has had an initial discussion about these submissions and will be giving further consideration to them over the summer.

The Commission has decided to proceed with a scheme which will be published later this year, as planned. The details of that scheme will be worked out over the next few months. 

Notes

1. The Dioceses Commission published a draft scheme to amalgamate the West Yorkshire dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield on 1 November 2010. This followed extensive consultation within the dioceses involved prior to that stage. The statutory six month consultation period on the draft scheme ended on 30 April 2012. Full details of the proposals can be found at
http://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/dioceses-commission/yorkshire.aspx

2. Under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007, the Commission needs formally to decide whether or not to proceed with a scheme in the light of the representations made to it, and, if it does, whether or not it should be amended.

3. The Commission has previously indicated that diocesan synods would be invited to approve its scheme early next year, with a view to it then being brought for approval to the General Synod in July 2013. This remains its intention.