HC Deb 12 May 1891 vol 353 cc562-3
MR. J. WILSON (Lanark, Govan)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether there is any statutory provision directing or authorising the appointment of ministers of the Established Church as chaplains in Scotch poorhouses; whether the remuneration of clergymen of the Established Church, or other denomination, for ministering to inmates of such poorhouses is entirely within the discretion of Parochial Boards and the Board of Supervision; and whether the powers of Parochial Boards and the Board of Supervision to provide for the remuneration of clergymen for ministering to inmates of poorhouses must in every case be restricted to ministers of the Established Church?

THE SOLICITOR GENERAL FOR SCOTLAND (Sir C. PEARSON,) Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities

I am not aware of any statutory provision on this subject. In answer to the second paragraph, the remuneration of chaplains of poorhouses is within the discretion of the Parochial Boards. The answer to the third paragraph is in the negative. The only rule of the Board of Supervision on the subject is that the chaplain should be an ordained minister or licentiate of a Protestant Church.