Care of Cathedrals (Supplementary Provisions) Measure 1994

Document Number:1994 No. 2
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 01/10/1994
 
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A Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England to make further provision in connection with the care and conservation of cathedral churches.

[21 st July 1994]

1 Preliminary interview re. contravention of s.2 of 1990 Measure

Subject to section 3(1) below, where it appears to the bishop of a diocese, whether of his own motion or on the advice of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission or on the basis of an allegation made by another person, that the administrative body of the cathedral church of the diocese may have committed or be intending to commit an act in contravention of section 2 of the 1990 Measure, he shall, as soon as practicable and before taking any further action, afford to the members of the administrative body an opportunity of being interviewed in private by him with respect to the matter in question.

2 Power of bishop to order special visitation

(1) Subject to subsection (2) below, where it appears to a bishop, after complying with section 1 above with respect to the members of an administrative body, that the administrative body has committed or is intending to commit an act as mentioned in that section, he shall within such period as may be prescribed order a special visitation under this section in respect of the cathedral church concerned for the purpose of inquiring into the matter in question; and, if he does so, he shall cause a written statement of his reasons for ordering the visitation to be sent to the administrative body.

(2) It shall not be necessary for a bishop to order a special visitation under this section in respect of any act if—

(a) he is satisfied that the administrative body concerned intends to make an application for approval of that act under the 1990 Measure; or

(b) the administrative body concerned has made such an application and the application has not been refused; or

(c) he considers that there are exceptional reasons for not doing so.

(3) Without prejudice to any rule of law as to the effect of episcopal visitations, where a special visitation under this section is ordered by a bishop in respect of a cathedral church, the administrative body of the cathedral church shall have no power to act as such with regard to the matter under inquiry without the prior approval in writing of the bishop.

(4) A special visitation under this section shall not be treated as an episcopal visitation for the purposes of any provision contained in the constitution and statutes of the cathedral church concerned restricting the ordering of such visitations.

3 Power of bishop to give directions

(1) Where it appears to a bishop that an administrative body may have committed or be intending to commit an act in contravention of section 2 of the 1990 Measure and he is satisfied, having regard to the urgency of the matter, that there is insufficient time to comply with section 1 above he may from time to time give such interim directions with respect to the matter in question as he thinks fit to the administrative body before complying with that section.

(2) Where a bishop has ordered a special visitation he may from time to time give such directions with respect to the matter in question as he thinks fit to the administrative body concerned.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of the powers to give directions under this section, such directions may require the administrative body—

(a) to take such steps as the bishop may consider necessary for the purpose of avoiding a contravention of section 2 of the 1990 Measure;

(b) to refrain from taking such steps as the bishop may consider likely to lead to such a contravention;

(c) to take such steps as the bishop may consider necessary...

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