Select Committee on Public Administration Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

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.

Anthony Sadler

Archbishops' Secretary for Appointments

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