§ MR. G. OSBORNE MORGAN (Denbighshire, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that an addition has been 759 made to the churchyard of Whitfield, Derbyshire, in the diocese of Southwell, the land being conveyed under a private Trust to the vicar and churchwardens as a parish burial ground for the inhabitants of the parish, but to be used only for burials in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England, burials under the Burial Act of 1880 being for that reason prohibited; whether he is aware that an addition has also been made to the churchyard of Tettenhall, in the diocese of Lichfield, on the same conditions and with the same result; and whether, in view of the fact that the 9th section of the Burial Act of 1880 provides that such conditions shall not be imposed in any churchyard or part of the churchyard of any parish, he will take steps to prevent the Nonconformist inhabitants of the two parishes named being deprived of the rights secured or intended to be secured to them by such Act?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
Yes, Sir; I have made inquiry, and am informed that in neither case is the ground part of the churchyard. These are private burial grounds governed by the terms of the deed of Trust. The Act of 1880 does not apply to such grounds, and it was not the intention of Parliament to interfere with private Trusts of this character.