§ MR. BOLITHO (Cornwall, St. Ives)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the refusal of the Vicar of Madron to permit a funeral to be conducted by a Nonconformist minister in the churchyard on a Sunday, and to the language (depreciatory of Nonconformists) alleged to have been employed; and whether such refusal was legal?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
Yes, Sir, my attention has been called to this matter. The Vicar denies that he refused to permit the burial on Sunday. The son of the deceased proposed first an hour which was not within the statutory limit of time, and next an hour which interfered with the afternoon service, and the Vicar objected in writing for that reason, as he was entitled to do under the 3rd section of the Burials Act. Judging from the facts, as I have ascertained them, the Vicar does not appear to have acted illegally.