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Profile of registrant

Churches' Legislation Advisory Service

Identification number in the register: 44714817242-36
Registration date: 23/11/11 18:27:37

The information on this organisation was last modified on 28/10/13 10:36:37
The date of the last annual update was 28/10/13 10:36:37

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Churches' Legislation Advisory Service
Acronym: CLAS
Legal status: Charity
Website address:


Section: V - Organisations representing churches and religious communities
and more precisely: Organisations representing churches and religious communities

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Alastair Redfern
Position: Chairman

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Frank Cranmer
Position: Secretary

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 27 Church House Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ
Telephone number: (+44) 2072221265
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: CLAS is a Judaeo-Christian ecumenical body bringing together the interests of Christian Churches and the Jewish community in their dealings with Government in all its aspects (other than education). Its primary role is as a vehicle for conveying to the Government the views of the churches on legislation and other matters which directly affect them and likewise as a channel through which the Government can consult the churches as a whole on such matters. "Government" includes local as well as central Government; Government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the EU Commission in Brussels, as well as Westminster/Whitehall; and the CLAS also acts for the churches in their dealings with the major organisations (banks, water and electricity companies, etc) whose activities affect them. From time to time CLAS itself has sponsored legislation on matters of particular interest to it. A secondary, but no less important, function is to provide information on the impact on the churches of legislation and proposals for legislation, and, as appropriate, to act on behalf of churches and ministers of religion in seeking to cure anomalies and bring about a regime that is as fair as possible.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:


Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Culture
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Taxation


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 32
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales (2,000,000 members)
  • Church of England (1,750,000 members)
  • Roman Catholic Church in Scotland (650,000 members)
  • Church of Scotland (600,000 members)
  • Church of Ireland (390,000 members)
  • Methodist Church (293,000 members)
  • Greek Orthodox Church (Thyateira) (300,000 members)
  • Baptist Union of Great Britain (141,000 members)
  • Lutheran Church (120,000 members)
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland (300,000 members)
  • United Reformed Church (100,000 members)
  • Church in Wales (68,000 members)
  • Salvation Army (50,000 members)
  • Union of Welsh Independents (33,000 members)
  • Presbyterian Church of Wales (30,000 members)
  • Scottish Episcopal Church (30,000 members)
  • Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance (20,000 members)
  • Assemblies of God in Gt Britain and Ireland (20,000 members)
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) (16,000 members)
  • Baptist Union of Wales (14,837 members)
  • Free Church of Scotland (11,500 members)
  • Congregational Federation (9,200 members)
  • United Free Church of Scotland (4,000 members)
  • Apostolic Church (2,500 members)
  • Assoc of Grace Baptist Churches (1,000 members)
  • Independent Methodist Churches (1,000 members)
  • Moravian Church (1,000 members)
  • Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (22,000 members)
  • United Synagogue (20,000 members)
  • Seventh Day Adventists (5,000 members)
  • Evangelical Alliance (2,000 members)
  • Christian Science (1,000 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Total budget: 100,000
of which public financing: 0
- from European sources:
- Procurement: 0
- Grants: 0
- from national sources: 0
- from local/regional sources: 0
from other sources: 100,000
- donations: 0
- contributions from members: 100,000
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.