The Programme Committee was established as one of three Standing Committees of The Provincial Synod of B.C. and Yukon at a meeting of the Provincial Council in 1981. It was renamed the Parish and Diocesan Concerns Committee at Provincial Synod 1985, when it was asked to "...explore new areas of interest and concern....". Initial mandates were developed in 1981, but not formally adopted by Provincial Synod until 1988, at which time "....mandates of Standing Committees, as approved from time to time by Synod, be attached as an Appendix to the Enactments of Provincial Synod.....". In part, the mandate was as follows: "The task of the Committee shall be to monitor programme concerns of the Province, and to assist dioceses and the Province in working together on common programme concerns........." . The Standing Committees were disbanded by Act 97-15 of Provincial Synod 1997 and reference to them removed from the Consecution and Appendix.