MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts, Mansfield)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the Rector of Harlington, Middlesex, is intending to appropriate glebe land as an addition to the consecrated cemetery of the parish, but with a private trust, which will prohibit burial services other than that of the Church of England, it being also proposed to pull down the boundary wall of the cemetery and to re-erect it as the boundary wall of the private ground; and whether glebe land can be legally appropriated for the purpose of evading the provisions of the Burial Act of 1880?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
This land has been approved by me as a private burial ground, not as an addition to the churchyard. Whether the circumstances referred to in the Question will have the effect of making it such an addition is a legal question on which I cannot express an opinion. I am not aware that the fact of the land being glebe land, of which, however, I was not informed, would, provided the necessary consents are obtained, make any legal difference.