General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Thursday 11th February 2010 PM
GOING FOR GROWTH: TRANSFORMATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH
Following debate, the Synod voted to take note of the Report.
The Revd Mark Bratton moved the following motion, which after debate, was carried by the Synod after a Division by Houses:
IN FAVOUR AGAINST ABSTENTIONS
Bishops 12 2 3
Clergy 97 23 10
Laity 78 59 9
'That this Synod request the Archbishops' Council and the Church of England Pensions Board to bring forward changes to the rules governing the clergy pension scheme in order to go beyond the requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and provide for pension benefits to be paid to the surviving civil partners of deceased clergy on the same basis as they are currently paid to surviving spouses.'
DRAFT MISSION AND PASTORAL MEASURE (GS 1740A)
Following debate, the Mission and Pastoral Measure was finally approved.
DRAFT CARE OF CATHEDRALS MEASURE (GS 1727A)
Following debate, the Care of Cathedrals Measure was finally approved.
Mr Thomas Benyon moved a motion, and following debate the motion was amended; and was carried by the Synod in the following amended form:
'That this Synod,
(a) express concern about the potentially desensitising and damaging effect upon children, young people and vulnerable adults of computer games containing gratuitous violent and sexual content;
(b) congratulate HM Government on the action it has taken to date in response to the Byron Review;
(c) call upon HM Government to continue to keep under review the regulatory system for advertising video games to prevent the targeting of children, young people and vulnerable adults with unsuitable material;
(d) declare its support for all those, especially carers, working through research, education and public information, to prevent children, young people and vulnerable adults from being damaged by video and computer games and similar material; and
(e) request the MPA Division to continue to monitor developments in this area.'