Private Members' Motions

Debates at General Synod can be triggered in a variety of ways. One of these is for a member of the Synod to table a 'Private Member's Motion' (PMM). In order to ascertain the degree of interest in each motion, the Synod's Business Committee arranges for the text of a motion to be available, during each group of sessions, together with a list that is open for 'signature' by other members of the Synod. It is also possible for members to sign PMMs electronically between groups of sessions. (Details of how to do this can be found in the resources section on the right-hand side) By putting their name to particular motions, members are signalling that they think they should be debated.

When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod, the Business Committee has regard to the number of signatures each motion has received in deciding which should be debated (generally there is only space for one or two PMMs to be debated in each group of sessions). While the motion with the most signatures is often the one selected there can be reasons for selecting another that has also attracted considerable support (it might, for example, be more time-critical).

Once a motion has been open for signature for three groups of session, it is removed from the Agenda if it has not attracted 100 signatures.

Private Members' Motions
(List correct as of 13 February 2015


Mrs Andrea Minichiello Williams (Chichester) to move

'That this Synod affirm the public doctrine of Christian marriage, between a man and a woman, as set out in the Book of Common Prayer as the only basis for engagement with public policy on marriage and family life.'

145 signatures

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Mr John Ward (London) to move:

That this Synod:
(a) give its general consent, pursuant to regulation 2D of the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005, to any application made in respect of a church or chapel of the Church of England for approval as a place at which two people may register as civil partners of each other; and

(b) require the Clerk to the Synod forthwith to publish evidence of this consent in writing.

139 signatures

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PAROCHIAL FEES (November 2014)
The Revd Paul Cartwright (Leeds) to move:

'That this Synod request the Archbishops' Council to introduce legislation to provide, on grounds of subsidiarity, for the level of parochial fees to be determined by diocesan synods within a range approved by the General Synod, reflecting the fact that diocesan synods are responsible for both setting the level of clergy stipends within their dioceses and paying those stipends from fee income, parish share, glebe and investment income and grants.'

43 signatures

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NUCLEAR WEAPONS (December 2014)
Mr Samuel Margrave (Coventry) to move:

'That this Synod believe that Nuclear Weapons, by nature of being indiscriminate, are an affront to the nature of God.'

10 signatures

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Mr Samuel Margrave (Coventry) to move:

  'That this Synod call on all those in the Church of England responsible for appointing lay and clerical staff as office holders or employees to remunerate them at a level equivalent to the clergy stipend and the value of a housing allowance, etc. so that the total remuneration package for anyone holding a Church office or employment does not exceed £45,000 after pension contributions.'

9 signatures

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The Revd Canon Simon Killwick (Manchester) to move:

'That this Synod do take note of the report of the Faith and Order Commission 'Senior Leadership: a resource for reflection.''

115 signatures

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