(ref. p.29, Minutes NEC, November, 1973) This item refers to the possible division of Newfoundland into three dioceses and the following motion deals with General Synod's area of authority in the proposal.
That Section (3) be referred to the Organization Committee for report to the National Executive Council in May, 1974. CARRIED
The Council received the following recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee:
That the National Executive Council be advised that the Administration and Finance Committee shares the Program Committee's concern; points out that 1975 Suggested Diocesan Apportionment Quotas are $185,000 above 1974 Acceptance (8%) which provides for at least a large proportion of inflationary pressures; and because of a change in timetable for the development of the 1975 Program Budget (about a year later than usual) which reduces the need for a large unallocated provision, and because of the development of Spending Guidelines for budget/expenditure review, recommends:
That this National Executive Council approve the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee that the proportion of the 1975 Spending Estimates unallocated as to program be reduced from $140,000 to $40,000. CARRIED
In November the Program Committee was directed to cut 1974 Apportionment Spending Estimates by 2 1/2%. In the course of a review of the 1974 Spending Estimates, it was considered desirable to transfer three items in the Sundry General Synod section to the Assessment Budget and one from that section (the Library) to the Program, Planning and Personnel section. The first three are Archives, Committee on Ministry (A.C.P.O. conference costs, secretarial honoraria, etc.) and Newfoundland Pension Premiums.
1. That this National Executive Council give approval to the transfer of the Spending Estimates for Archives, the Committee on Ministry (A.C.P.O.) and Newfoundland Pension Premiums from the Apportionment Budget to the Assessment Budget.
2. That the revised Spending Estimates of the 1974 Apportionment Budget, totalling $2,714,225 be approved. CARRIED
That NEC authorize the Primate to take whatever steps are appropriate in implementing the decisions of General Synod with regard to the James Bay Development Project, as presented by the Committee of Concern. CARRIED