The Church of England's policy-making general synod refused to allow women priests ordained abroad to conduct services in England, despite support for the proposal from Archbishop of Canterbury Robert A.K. Runcie. About 750 women have been ordained in the 70-million-member Anglican Communion worldwide, but the Church of England, the communion's mother church, has hung back. The motion before the synod of bishops, clergy and laity, meeting in York, would have allowed women priests from Anglican churches overseas to administer communion and perform other priestly duties in English churches. The motion was supported by a 303-to-195 margin but failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority.