RepositoryChurch of England Record Centre
Extent649 files
TitleIndustrial and Economic Affairs Committee (IEAC)
DescriptionRecords of the Industrial and Economic Affairs Committee and it prdecessors, the Church of England Industrial Committee (1958-1967), Industrial Council (1967-1971), Industrial Committee (1972-1981). Includes minutes, meeting papers, correspondence between the Secretary and Committee members, correspondence and papers with regard to Industrial Mission, topic files containing papers, pamphlets, reports and correspondence, and papers in relation to Working Parties set up by the Committee. Also includes papers in relation to joint ventures between the Committee and external organisations.
AdminHistoryWith its origins dating back to the 1920s and the Social and Industrial Council of the Church Assembly, the Church of England Industrial Committee was established with the task of advising the Church Assembly on industrial questions operating as an executive body of the Board for Social Responsibility. The Committee's members were appointed by the Board, upon recommendation by the Committee, with the first Chairman being the Rev. Canon Hunter, Bishop of Sheffield, and the first two full-time officers Revd. John Rogan as Secretary of the Committee and Mr Tom Chapman as the Industrial Liaison Officer to the Board. The Committee would generally meet four times per year.

The work and objectives of the Committee were outlined in the Assembly document C.A.1288, and the first Committee meeting took place at the House of Lords on 21 March 1960. By early 1961 the Terms of Reference had been defined as follows:

- The promotion within the Church generally of a better understanding of the nature of industrial society and its effect upon men and the community.
- The development of facilities for helping lay men and women working in industry, commerce etc. to understand the nature of their Christian vocation.
- The promotion of adequate training arrangements, in consultation with Universities, Theological Colleges and those responsible for post-ordination training, for men and women intending to undertake full-time work on behalf of the Church in Industry.
- Consultation with other communions on the practical meaning and possible extent of ecumenical co-operation in industrial work.

In respect of the above tasks the immediate objectives were thought to be;

1. To strengthen the work already in hand and to make some re-appraisal of it and in some places even re-planning.
2. Recruit additional trained staff - either clergy or lay.
3. Increase contact with the Trade Unions.
4. Set up working parties to study contemporary social and industrial issues in the light of Christian truth.

Central to the day-to-day work of the Committee was the Secretary. Drawing on his (later her) understanding of industrial problems, and industrial mission work and its ecumenical position, his duties included liaising with and reporting to Committee members, taking up positions in working parties (generally Secretary) set up by the Committee, fostering relationships with bodies, organisations and individuals whose interests fell within the scope of the Committee, writing briefs for bishops, and acting as a hub for information about industrial matters.

Much of the in-depth work undertaken by the Board was completed via Working Parties. Investigating specific topics for a defined length of time, these panels of experts were not restricted to Anglicans, with the only test of membership being professional excellence and 'men of integrity'. Issues considered included, for example, Industrial Democracy, Closed Shops, Ethics in Industrial Relations and Women and Employment. The
output of these parties would generally be a report to be presented to the Board and then Synod, with the overall effect 'feeding the Church with industrial knowledge'.

As of 1982 the Committee was responsible for producing three types of document:

1. Formal printed Reports (also called Occasional Papers) - produced by Working Parties and adopted by the Committee and published with BSR authorisation.

2. Working Papers - compiled by the IC Secretary to summarise a great deal of factual information, as well as arguments for and against relevant ethical ideas.

3. Submissions to Government Departments - more frequently produced by the Board itself, the Committee did however write a Submission in response to the 'Working Papers for Consultations of Proposed Industrial Relations Legislation', which led eventually to the Employment Act 1980.

The Committee underwent several name changes throughout its existence, these being as follows;

- Industrial Committee 1960-1967
- Industrial Council 1967-1971
- Industrial Committee 1972-1981
- Industrial and Economic Affairs Committee 1981-2001

Secretaries of the Industrial Committee:

- Revd. John Rogan, Sep 1961-1967

- Revd. Nicholas F. P. Brown, Sep 1967-April 1970

- Revd. David Muston, May 1970-Sep 1976

- Revd. Paul Brett, Oct 1976-Dec 13 1984 (left to become Chelmsford DSRO)

- Revd. Chris Beales, Jan 1985- late 1991 (Came from Teesside Industrial Mission)

- Ruth Badger, 1993-2002

Show related Persons records.

Related name records
GB/109/22444Church of England; Church Assembly; Board for Social Responsibility; Industrial Committee; 1960-19671960-1967
GB/109/22445Church of England; Church Assembly; Board for Social Responsibility; Industrial Council; 1967-19701967-1970
GB/109/22446Church of England; General Synod; Board for Social Responsibility; Industrial Council; 19711971
GB/109/22447Church of England; General Synod; Board for Social Responsibility; Industrial Committee; 1972-19811972-1981
GB/109/22448Church of England; General Synod; Board for Social Responsibility; Industrial and Economic Affairs Committee; 1981-20031981-2003
    Powered by CalmView© 2008-2022