To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church of England has to change the definition of a parish; and what assessment he has made of the effect of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 on the definition of a parish.
28 March 2022
There are no plans to change the legal definition of a parish.
The Mission and Pastoral Measure carries forward from previous legislation a well-established legal definition of a parish in section 105: Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (legislation.gov.uk)
The Church Representation Rules also contain a definition in rule 82: Church Representation Rules online - part 8 | The Church of England