Dioceses Commission

Dioceses Commission

The current Dioceses Commission was established in 2008 under Part II of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007 (please click here for further details). 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 episcopal oversight.

Further information about the Commission can be found on the pages accessed from the Related Links menu on the right of this page or from the links below. Background papers relevant to the Commission's work are available by clicking here.

Annual Reports

The Commission's annual reports are available by clicking here.

Boundary Reviews

The Commission has so far undertaken two boundary reviews:

Dioceses of Ely and Peterborough- City of Peterborough (please click here for more information).

The three West Yorkshire dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield (please click here for details of the Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield Reorganisation Scheme). The new Diocese of Leeds (West Yorkshire and the Dales) will come into being on 20 April 2014 (Easter Day).

Further information, including the latest news, about the new diocese can be found by clicking here.

Suffragan Sees and Episcopal Oversight

The Commission also has responsibilities in relation to the creation and filling of suffragan sees and it is entitled to be consulted about any proposal to change the name of an episcopal see. Further information about this can be found by clicking here.

Episcopal Oversight in the Diocese of York

A consultation took place on episcopal oversight in the Diocese of York during 2013. The Commission produced a report which has been discussed by the York Archbishop's Council and the York Diocesan Synod. Please click here for more information.

Please click here to view a press release by the Archbishop of York about the suffragan sees of Selby and Whitby (February 2014).

Diocesan Administration

The Commission has a duty to disseminate information about good practice in diocesan administration. Please click here for further details.

Joint Diocesan Working Review

Click here to read the Commission's summary of a review on joint diocesan working arrangements (July 2013).

Members, Staff and Contact details

Information about the members and staff of the Commission and relevant contact details can be found by clicking here.

[Last updated: 17 February 2014]