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26 Church Representation, Ecumenical Relations and Ministers Measure Schedule 1 — New Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 Casual vacancies (7) A reference in this Rule to an Article 8 matter referred to a diocesan synod is a reference to a matter referred by the General Synod to that diocesan synod under Article 8 of the Constitution. 40 (1) A casual vacancy among the members of a diocesan synod elected by either house of a deanery synod may be filled by the election by that house of a person qualified to be elected as such; and a meeting of the members of that house who are electors may be held for that purpose. (2) An election to fill a casual vacancy in either house of a diocesan synod is to be completed, so far as possible, within six months of the occurrence of the vacancy (subject to Rule 65(6) and (7)). (3) Where the period for holding a general election to either house of a diocesan synod is due to begin within nine months of the vacancy, it is not to be filled unless the members of the bishop’s council and standing committee who are from the house concerned direct otherwise. 5 10 15 PART 5 HOUSE OF LAITY OF THE GENERAL SYNOD Membership 41 (1) The members of the House of Laity of the General Synod are— (a) each person elected by each diocese, (b) two persons chosen by and from the members of religious communities having their mother house in either province, (c) each person who is an ex officio member under Rule 42, (d) each person who is co-opted under Rule 43, and (e) at least three but no more than four persons, each of whom is an actual communicant and who is elected or chosen as soon as practicable after a dissolution of the Synod in such manner as the Armed Forces Synod may decide. (2) The term of office of a member of the House of Laity under paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (e) is for the lifetime of the Synod for which the member is elected or chosen; but that does not prevent the person from doing either of the following during a dissolution of the Synod— (a) acting under Article 3(4) of the Constitution; (b) continuing to be an ex officio member of a body constituted under these Rules. (3) The total number of persons elected or chosen under the following provisions taken together must not exceed seven— (a) paragraph (1)(d) of this Rule, (b) in Canon H 2 (representation of the clergy in the Lower House of the Convocations), paragraph 1(d) in the form which it takes in relation to the Province of Canterbury, and 20 25 30 35 40 45 First Consideration - February 2017

Church Representation, Ecumenical Relations and Ministers Measure Schedule 1 — New Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 27 (c) in Canon H 3 (constitution of the Upper Houses of the Convocations), paragraph 1(bb). (4) For the purposes of this Part of these Rules, the diocese in Europe is to be treated as a diocese in the province of Canterbury. Ex officio members 42 (1) Each of the following, if not in Holy Orders, is an ex officio member of the House of Laity— (a) the Dean of the Arches and Auditor, (b) the Vicar-General of the Province of Canterbury, (c) the Vicar-General of the Province of York, (d) each of the three Church Estates Commissioners, (e) the Chair of the Central Board of Finance, (f) the Chair of the Church of England Pensions Board, and (g) each member of the Archbishops’ Council who is an actual communicant. (2) An ex officio member has the same rights and is subject to the same requirements as an elected member. 5 10 15 Co-option 43 (1) The House of Laity may co-opt a lay person aged 18 or over who is an actual communicant; but the number of co-opted members may not at any time exceed five. (2) A person may be co-opted only if at least two-thirds of the Standing Committee of the House of Laity have consented, either at a meeting or in writing. (3) A co-opted member has the same rights and is subject to the same requirements as an elected member. (4) A co-opted member serves until the next dissolution of the Synod, subject to paragraph (5); but that does not prevent the member from doing either of the following during a dissolution of the Synod— (a) acting under Article 3(4) of the Constitution; (b) continuing to be an ex officio member of a body constituted under these Rules. (5) The House of Laity may impose a shorter term of membership on a co-opted member than would otherwise be the case. (6) The House of Laity may by standing orders make provision for regulating the procedure for and incidental to the appointment of co-opted members and otherwise carrying this Rule into effect. 20 25 30 35 Numbers 44 (1) The total number of the members of the House of Laity elected by diocesan synods (“directly elected members”) and the representatives elected under the Channel Islands (Representation) Measure 1931 must not exceed— 40 First Consideration - February 2017

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