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Pastoral Work Of Priests And Ministers Of Religion

EDM number 502 in 1996-97, proposed by Andrew Mackinlay on 10/02/1997.

That this House notes the concern expressed by Cardinal Hume and other churchmen of many denominations about the implications that the new surveillance powers contained in the Police Bill (Lords) will have for the confidentiality of confession and the traditional pastoral counselling and conversations conducted between Ministers of Religion and members of their flock; notes that in his representations to the Home Secretary the cardinal states 'An individual penitent who goes to confession to a priest has to be certain that, whatever the crime, not only will the priest never reveal what is said, but that the state will not conspire to undermine the Church's guarantee of absolute secrecy. If a sacramental confession can be bugged, worse still used in evidence, a fundamental right to the practice of religion is put in jeopardy'; considers that as presently drafted these surveillance powers would offend the spirit, if not the letter, of the Church of England's unrepealed Cannon 113 of 1603; considers that the right to the confidential counselling by one's religious Minister should never be abrogated by a democratic state; and therefore calls on the Home Secretary to introduce amendments to the Police Bill (Lords) which would specifically exclude the confidential pastoral conversations of Priests and Ministers from the bugging and surveillance powers to be conferred on the Police by this Bill.

This motion has been signed by a total of 62 MPs.

Andrew MacKinlay10/02/1997ThurrockProposed
Gordon Prentice10/02/1997PendleSigned
James Wray10/02/1997Glasgow ProvanSigned
Hugh Bayley10/02/1997York, City ofSigned
Harry Barnes10/02/1997North East DerbyshireSigned
John Gunnell10/02/1997Leeds South and MorleySigned
Denzil Davies10/02/1997LlanelliSigned
Jim Cunningham10/02/1997Coventry South EastSigned
Kevin McNamara10/02/1997Kingston upon Hull NorthSigned
Alice Mahon10/02/1997HalifaxSigned
Terry Lewis10/02/1997WorsleySigned
Dennis Skinner10/02/1997BolsoverSigned
Tam Dalyell10/02/1997LinlithgowSigned
Paul Murphy11/02/1997TorfaenSigned
Ronnie Campbell11/02/1997Blyth ValleySigned
Michael Connarty11/02/1997Falkirk EastSigned
John Cummings11/02/1997EasingtonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe11/02/1997LeighSigned
Donald Dixon11/02/1997JarrowSigned
John Evans11/02/1997St Helens NorthSigned
Andrew Faulds11/02/1997Warley EastSigned
Paul Flynn11/02/1997Newport WestSigned
Tony Banks11/02/1997Newham North WestSigned
Gerry Sutcliffe11/02/1997Bradford SouthSigned
Stephen Timms11/02/1997Newham North EastSigned
Thomas McAvoy11/02/1997Glasgow, RutherglenSigned
William McKelvey11/02/1997Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Nigel Griffiths11/02/1997Edinburgh SouthSigned
Max Madden11/02/1997Bradford WestSigned
Ernie Ross11/02/1997Dundee WestSigned
Peter Hardy11/02/1997WentworthSigned
John Home Robertson11/02/1997East LothianSigned
Barry Jones11/02/1997Alyn & DeesideSigned
Lynne Jones11/02/1997Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ken Livingstone11/02/1997Brent EastSigned
Denis MacShane11/02/1997RotherhamSigned
John McAllion11/02/1997Dundee EastSigned
Paul Tyler12/02/1997North CornwallSigned
Dennis Turner12/02/1997Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Mike Hall12/02/1997Warrington SouthSigned
Neil Gerrard12/02/1997WalthamstowSigned
Kenneth Eastham12/02/1997Manchester, BlackleySigned
Jean Corston12/02/1997Bristol EastSigned
Bill Michie12/02/1997Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones12/02/1997Ynys MSigned
Colin Pickthall12/02/1997West LancashireSigned
Tom Cox12/02/1997TootingSigned
Alex Salmond13/02/1997Banff & BuchanSigned
John McWilliam13/02/1997BlaydonSigned
Win Griffiths13/02/1997BridgendSigned
John Battle13/02/1997Leeds WestSigned
Jim Wallace17/02/1997Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Maria Fyfe18/02/1997Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Nick Harvey19/02/1997North DevonSigned
Edward O'Hara19/02/1997Knowsley SouthSigned
Michael Clapham19/02/1997Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Rachel Squire20/02/1997Dunfermline WestSigned
Alan Meale20/02/1997MansfieldSigned
Eric Clarke20/02/1997MidlothianSigned
Robert Parry25/02/1997Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Jack Thompson27/02/1997WansbeckSigned
Terry Davis05/03/1997Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned

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