HC Deb 04 April 1889 vol 334 cc1573-4
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

I beg to ask the right hon. Baronet the Member for the Epping Division of Essex, as an Ecclesiastical Commissioner, whether the Ecclsiastical Commissioners have considered the application of Mr. John Lloyd, to be furnished with the boundary outlines of the estates held within the Metropolitan area by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners; whether the Commissioners are aware that the Commissioners of Woods and Forests, the Office of Public Works, the Corporation of London, the Metropolitan Board of Works, and most of the great corporate and individual owners of property in London, have already furnished Mr. Lloyd with the boundary outlines of their estates, to be entered on his projected ground plan of London; and, whether, having regard to the great public importance of obtaining an accurate ground plan of the estates within the Metropolitan area, the Commissioners will supply Mr. Lloyd with the information he requires?


The Commissioners have considered the application referred to by the hon. Member, and are aware that some of the corporate and individual owners of property in London have been able to comply with Mr. Lloyd's request; but the properties of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners (which have come and are still coming into their possession at different times; and the titles to which are derived from so many divers ecclesiastical corporations) are so various in their character, and are so scattered in small plots over the Metropolitan area, that it would be excessively difficult, if not impossible, for the Commissioners to define, as is suggested, on any one plan the numerous holdings, some of them exceedingly small, in which they are wholly or partially interested.

MR. J. ROWLANDS (Finsbury)

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he will afford Mr. Lloyd all the information he can in the matter; it would be of great utility in the discussion of the Land Question.


The Ecclesiastical Commissioners will give every facility in their power to Mr. Lloyd.

MR. J. STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)

Did not the Ecclesiastical Commissioners distinctly refuse to give Mr. Lloyd information?


I fancy the hon. Gentleman is referring to a correspondence which took place some time ago. I believe a letter to that effect was sent to Mr. Lloyd.