HC Deb 18 February 1858 vol 148 cc1604-5

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what authority the Bishop of Manchester has appointed a Chancellor of the diocese of Manchester? Whether Dr. Bayford, recently appointed Registrar of the Court of Probate, still holds the office of Chancellor of the diocese of Manchester; and, if he does, whether he will be permitted to hold both offices? Whether Mr. John Burder, recently appointed Registrar for the city of Manchester and hundred of Salford, is to be permitted to hold the office of Secretary to the Bishop of Manchester, and the other offices held by him under the Bishop, or in connection with the diocese or archdeaconry of Manchester?


Sir, the first question of the hon. Gentleman relates to a subject with which the Government have nothing to do, and which they cannot interfere with in any way. The Bishop of Manchester has appointed a Chancellor under the general authority of his office. A Bishop is required to appoint one, and if he does not, the Archbishop is entitled to do so. There has been no communication on the subject between the Government and the Bishop; As to the legal appointments, I can give no information to the hon. Gentleman.

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