The Anglican Consultative CounÂcil had a constitutional obligation towards the costs of the Conference, but had stopped putting money aside for the Conference since 2004, spending it instead on new offices.
The Â£1.6 million left over from 1998 and from setting money aside up to 2004 did not cover the exÂpected Â£2.5-million rise in the cost to Â£6.1 million. In the event, because of the shortfall in the number of bishops who attended, the final cost was Â£5.2 million.
“To commit expenditure in adÂvance of secure income was a practice that the directors of an entirely stand-alone company might have regarded as too risky. In doing so, it appears therefore that those involved have proceeded on the expectation that the Anglican ComÂmunion and in particular Church of England bodies . . . would not ultimately let the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Conference fail to pay its bills.”
The Commissioners were worried as early as May 2006 that they would be landed with the bill.