A commission has been appointed by the Standing Committee of the General Synod to re-examine under the chairmanship of the Archdeacon of Bodmin the justification for payment of statutory fees for pastoral offices, other duties that an incumbent is legally obliged to perform, and certain other matters included in the tables of parochial fees approved by the General Synod and Parliament from time to time.
The commission will be primarily concerned with the principles underlying the charging of fees and not with the question whether the amounts currently charged are in accord with these principles.
Further subjects to he investigated by the special inquiry will include the possibility of providing for -reduction or waiver of fees in particular circumstances, of pooling fees receivable by individual incumbents, of consolidating fees now payable to more than one person in respect of the same. pastoral office, and of creating a more flexible procedure for revising tables of fees so that more frequent reviews would be made possible.
The commission will be glad to receive comments and suggestions from your readers on any matters within its terms of reference, a copy of which can be supplied 'on written request.
Correspondence should be addressed to the secretary to the Parochial Fees Commission, General Synod, at the address below, and should reach him if possible not later than April 30.' Alternatively, where this date cannot he met, anyone wishing to submit representations later is asked to consult the secretary before April 30 with a view to arranging an alternative date, but not later than June 30.
W. 0. Pattinson Secretary-General, General Synod of the Church of England Church House, Dean's Yard, London, SW1