HC Deb 25 May 1883 vol 279 cc890-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board, with reference to the recent consecration of Rhos Cemetery, Whether his attention has been called to a letter in the "Times" of May 24th, signed "J. Carvell Williams," relating to such consecration; whether it is a fact, as stated in that letter, that the Vicar of Rhos in his correspondence with the Secretary of State suppressed the fact that the Burial Board had passed a resolution against consecrating half the cemetery, and that the vestry, when appealed to, had passed a resolution by 350 to 4 against consecrating any portion of the cemetery; whether he gave the Secretary of State to understand that the consecration of one-half of the ground had been approved by a resolution of the Board passed on 18th July 1882; whether he will cause further inquiry to be made into the subject; and, whether the Secretary of State objects to lay upon the Table of the House the Correspondence between himself and the Vicar of Rhos with regard to such consecration?


Sir, my attention has been called to the letter referred to in the first part of the Question; and there can be no doubt that there were considerable discrepancies between the statements in that letter and those in the letter of the vicar to which I referred a few days ago. The vicar's attention has been called to these discrepancies; and he has been asked for any observations which he may have to offer on the matter. With regard to the production of the Correspondence, it cannot be laid upon the Table while communications are still passing.