Ecclesiastical Committee

The Ecclesiastical Committee is a body created by the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 that comprises 30 members of the United Kingdom Parliament. Its purpose is to review Church of England measures submitted to Parliament by the Legislative Committee of the General Synod. The Lord Speaker appoints 15 members from the House of Lords, and the Speaker of the House of Commons appoints 15 MPs to serve on the committee.[1] Members are appointed to serve for the duration of a parliament.


As of April 2021, the membership of the committee is as follows:

House of Commons House of Lords
MP Party Constituency Lord Party
Fleur Anderson Labour Putney Baroness Butler-Sloss (Chair) Crossbench
Sir Peter Bottomley Conservative Worthing West Earl of Cork and Orrery Crossbench
Ben Bradshaw Labour Exeter Lord Cormack Conservative
Fiona Bruce Conservative Congleton Baroness Eaton Conservative
Lisa Cameron Scottish National East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour
Miriam Cates Conservative Penistone and Stocksbridge Lord Field of Birkenhead Crossbench
Sir Roger Gale Conservative North Thanet Lord Glenarthur Conservative
David Lammy Labour Tottenham Baroness Harris of Richmond Liberal Democrat
Rachael Maskell Labour Co-op York Central Baroness Howarth of Breckland Crossbench
Gary Sambrook Conservative Birmingham Northfield Lord Jones Labour
Andrew Selous Conservative South West Bedfordshire Lord Lexden Conservative
Jim Shannon Democratic Unionist Strangford Lord Lisvane Crossbench
Sir Desmond Swayne Conservative New Forest West Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Labour
Stephen Timms Labour East Ham Baron Plant of Highfield Labour
Martin Vickers Conservative Cleethorpes

See also


  1. "Ecclesiastical Committee - Role". Parliament.UK. Retrieved 5 March 2021. The Committee is chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss and has 30 members. 15 members are MPs appointed by Mr. Speaker and 15 members of the House of Lords appointed by the Lord Speaker.