§ MR. STANLEY LEIGHTON (Shropshire, Oswestry)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, when a cathedral is also a parish church, it is intended under the Welsh Disestablishment Bill to transfer its ownership to the proposed Commissioners?
§ MR. ASQUITH
It appears from such information as I can obtain that three of the Welsh cathedrals—namely, Bangor, St. David's, and Llandaff—are used for parochial as well as for cathedral services, and that in these places there is no separate parish church. Under the Bill the fabric of these buildings would be transferred to the Commissioners, subject not only to all existing parochial rates, but to the power of the Church body to require their continued user as cathedrals for their present purposes.
§ VISCOUNT CRANBORNE (Rochester)
Would the right of the parochial authorities be absolute, and not dependent upon the Commissioners?