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Church commissioners

Matters concerning the established Church of England are dealt with at question time by a parliamentary representative of the Church commissioners.

The Church commissioner's role is to answer any Parliamentary questions relating to the Church of England in the same way that a government minister may face questions about a particular government department.

The second Church estates commissioner is appointed by the Crown and is traditionally a backbench member of the party in government.

The appointment lasts for the duration of the Parliament.

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