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.

(Updated 12 September 2016)



PRELIMINARIES TO MARRIAGE


The Revd Stephen Trott (Peterborough) to move:

'That this Synod, noting the Registration of Marriages Regulations 2015 and the growing burden and complexity of the legal requirements imposed on members of the clergy who conduct weddings in the Church of England, invite the Archbishops' Council to bring forward draft legislation to replace ecclesiastical preliminaries to marriage by universal civil preliminaries, such as those which have been in operation in Scotland since 1977, when banns were replaced by a Marriage Schedule issued by the civil registrar.'

November 2015

130 signatures

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MISSION AND ADMINISTRATION


Mr Gavin Oldham (Oxford) to move:

'That this Synod, considering the ratio of time and money spent in adminstration to that spent in mission to be too high throughout the Church of England, and noting the very effective facilities provided for parish statistics collection and clergy payroll:

(a) confirm that the principle of subsidiarity should not be applied to purely administrative functions; and

(b) request the Archbishops' Council to consult with the Church Commissioners and dioceses, with the objective of establishing centralised administrative facilities so that other functions which can be handled more effiiciently thereby are transferred accordingly.'

November 2015

114 signatures

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FIXED ODDS BETTING TERMINALS: REDUCTION OF MAXIMUM STAKE

Mr Clive Scowen (London) to move:

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That this Synod, mindful of (a) the destructive impact which accessible, high-stake machine gambling can have on families and whole communities and (b) the widespread public concern about the very large amounts being wagered at fixed odds betting terminals local in high street betting shops, call on Her Majesty's Government as a matter of urgency to reduce very sbstantially from £100 the maximum amount which may be wagered on a single game at such terminals in order to reduce the real risk of harm to large numbers of vulnerable people.'

February 2016

96 signatures

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CANON C 4

The Revd Prebendary Simon Cawdell (Hereford) to move:

'That this Synod request the Business Committee to bring forward legislation to amend Canon C 4 so as to repeal paragraphs 3 and 3A relating to those who have previously been remarried following divorce, or who have married spouses whose previous marriage has ended by divorce, and whose former spouse is still living, mindful that paragraph 1 already places upon bishops the obligation to ensure those who are presented for ordination are "of virtuous conversation and good repute and such as to be a wholesome example and pattern to the flock of Christ".'

February 2016

39 signatures

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OPEN PROCESS AND JUSTICE IN INVESTIGATIONS
Mr Martin Sewell (Rochester) to move:

'That this Synod regret that it can have no confidence in the investigation conducted on behalf of the Church of England into the allegations against the late Bishop Bell by reason of its lack of transparency and accountability, and affirm that: (a) openness of process is the cornerstone of confidence in all such investigations; (b) a Church of Justice must hold rigorously to the principle of equal fairness to accuser and accused alike; and (c) there is no dissonance in logic or in law between: (i) the preservation of individual accuser anonymity; and (ii) the public interest in ensuring fair procedures and a transparent system of justice which clearly explains its processes, discloses the substance of the evidence and the reasons for its conclusions.

July 2016
40 signatures

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