HC Deb 01 March 1866 vol 181 c1283

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Dean and Chapter of Westminster are about to surrender their Capitular Estates to the Ecclesiastical Commission; and, if so, whether they are to receive in exchange an annual "commutation" payment, and of what amount, or a re-transfer of a portion of the Capitular Estates, and of what annual value; and whether any and what arrangement has been come to upon such surrender for securing adequate stipends to the Non-capitular Members of the Collegiate Church? He also wished to ask if the scheme was prepared, and whether the right hon. Gentleman will lay it on the table?


I am informed that the Ecclesiastical Commissioners are in negotiation with the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for a commutation of their capitular estates, but that the terms of the transfer have not been yet settled.