The current Dioceses Commission was established in 2008 under
Part II of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007. It has
a primary duty to keep under review the provincial and diocesan
structure of the Church of England and in particular:
- the size, boundaries and number of provinces;
- the size, boundaries and number of dioceses and their
distribution between the provinces;
- the number and distribution of bishops and the arrangements for
The Church of England is made up of 42 dioceses (including the
Diocese of Europe) which are split across the two Provinces of York
and Canterbury. Each diocese has a diocesan bishop who is
responsible for pastoral care of clergy and laity within the
diocese, often with the support of suffragan bishops.
The best place to get an overview of the work of the
Commission is by looking at the annual reports to General Synod.
The 2014 Annual Report is due to be published shortly.
The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales was created from the
former Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield by a
Dioceses Commission Scheme which came into effect in April
2014. The Commission was very conscious that its Scheme was
the first of its kind and, with this in mind, it commissioned one
of its number, Professor Hilary Russell, to conduct an evaluation
of the process on its behalf. She conducted about 50 interviews
with a range of interested parties in the course of the summer and
her report can be viewed here.
Further information can be found on the pages accessed from the
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There are 10 members of the Commission including the Chair and
Vice-Chair, 4 members appointed by the Archbishops and 4 members
elected from General Synod. The Commission usually meet at
least 4 times a year. They are supported by 2 members of part
time staff at Church House, Westminster. Further information
can be found here.
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