HC Deb 24 March 1899 vol 69 c331
MR. CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts, Mansfield)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he will state the number of ministers who either act as chaplains to the British Army, or receive allowances for spiritual ministrations to soldiers, giving the number connected with each of the several religious denominations of which they are ministers?


The duty of appointing officiating clergymen may be deputed to the officer commanding the troops at the station. Accordingly it is not possible to state the numbers now employed, except approximately, without calling for Returns from all stations at home and abroad. The approximate numbers are as follows:— Church of England, 314; Presbyterian, 155; Roman Catholic, 288; Wesleyan, 153; Baptist, 5; total, 915.