Memorandum by Anthony Sadler, Archbishop's
Secretary for Appointments (PAP 6)
Further to your enquiry, I have read the attached
papers with interest, and would make the following comments:
Candidates for Church of England
Bishoprics are of course drawn from the ranks of ordained clergymen.
The point about widening the range of candidates does not apply.
The only involvement of Ministers
is that the Prime Minister chooses one of two names submitted
to him for commendation to Her Majesty. The body submitting the
two names is a Church of England body called the Crown Appointments
Commission. This is in effect an electoral college, with the great
majority of its members elected either by the General Synod or
the Vacancy-in-See Committee of the Diocese concerned.
My understanding is that as these
are Crown appointments and concern The Royal Prerogative, they
technically fall outside the scope of a Select Committee Enquiry.
Nevertheless, one wishes to be helpful, and therefore I will send
you by post some documentation giving factual information about
the work of the Commission.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments