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Act 9, 1974 (IX) – Act Repealing and Replacing Act XII 1972 anent Linkages. 22nd May 1974.

The General Assembly drew attention to the question of Linkages as referred to in the Report.

They repeal Act XII, 1972 and substitute for it:-

“The General Assembly ordain that when a vacancy occurs in a congregation that is not self supporting, and is in proximity to another vacant or settled Charge, the Clerk to the Committee shall, on receiving an application for a Sustentation Fund Schedule, draw attention to the General Assembly’s instruction that the Congregation carefully consider the advisability of linkage, and, if the Congregation subsequently submits a Schedule with a view to being placed on the Equal Dividend Platform, the Committee shall not pass the Schedule unless it is accompanied by an adequate explanation of the Congregation’s decision not to proceed with steps toward linkage.

“The General Assembly further ordain that the Presbytery, within whose bounds such a vacancy may have occurred, shall adopt all reasonable steps to forward the Assembly’s wishes as indicated”