HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 cc1662-3
MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney General what steps have been taken pending the approval of a new scheme by the Court of Chancery to ensure the safe custody of the library of the French Protestant Church, and whether it has been removed to Guildhall; and whether, in view of the death of the Pasteur Daugars, and the doubts which have arisen as to the legal constitution of the present Consistorie, any steps will be taken to prevent the election of another pasteur until the legal powers of the Consistorie have been ascertained?


Pending the approval of a new scheme by the Chancery Division, the hooks referred to by the hon. Member have been kept in the same room in the neighbourhood of Tottenham Court Road, near the place in which the services are temporarily conducted, and they are, I believe, in safe custody. Careful inquiries are from time to time made. Under my direction an application was made some months ago to the Chancery Division to determine whether a legal consistory now exists. That case already stands for argument. In consequence of the death of M. Daugars I have directed an application to be made to expedite the hearing of the case. The acting consistory have only appointed a pastor temporarily. From communications received I believe that they will not proceed to fill the office permanently until the question has been determined whether they are a legally constituted consistory or not.