HC Deb 14 August 1878 vol 242 c1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will, next Session, lay upon the Table of this House, a Return from each Archbishop and Bishop in England and Wales:—1. Of the number of Petitions, or other formal or informal presentments, received by him, complaining of illegal practices in churches or by clergymen within his diocese, since the time of the passing of "The Public Worship Regulation Act;" 2. The name of the parish; of the clergyman and church; the terms, nature, and number of times of complaint in each case; the names and descriptions of complaints; 3. The action taken thereupon; and, in cases where no action has been taken, whether it is owing to defects in the provisions of the Law?


Sir, I have not had time to communicate with the Archbishops or Bishops since Notice of this Question was put on the Paper. I do not see any objection to the Return being granted if the materials for it are in existence. If the hon. Member will move for the Return next Session, I will in the meantime make inquiries.