HC Deb 26 March 1877 vol 233 c493

asked the Under Secretary of State for India, If it is true, as stated in the "Madras Times," that— The Grants which are now being made to the Church Establishments in this Presidency will all be withheld after the payment of the allowances for March next, except to such places of worship as are maintained for the benefit of the Military Service exclusively, and, if so, whether there is to be a similar revision in the other Presidencies?


Sir, as far as I can make out Church establishments in the paragraph referred to does not mean the chaplains who are upon the establishment of the Government of India, but the establishment of servants kept for cleaning and repairing churches and other ecclesiastical buildings. A Resolution of the Government of India was passed last September reducing these establishments, not only in Madras, but throughout India, and this paragraph doubtless refers to that Resolution.