HC Deb 19 June 1903 vol 123 cc1425-6
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

To ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, having regard to the duties of Suffragan Bishops, His Majesty's Government will advise that in any future appointment of a clergyman to a Suffragan Bishopric it shall be made a condition that such clergyman shall not, during his tenure of the bishopric, simultaneously hold important parochial preferment.

(Answered by Mr. A. J. Balfour.) The hon. Member is perhaps not aware that Bishops Suffragan are nominated by the Bishop of the Diocese, and that the function of the Crown is merely to approve or disapprove the choice of the Bishop. As no emolument attaches to the office of Bishop Suffragan, as such, it no doubt does happen on occasions that the bishop is selected from the ranks of beneficed clergymen; but care is taken that in such case the needs of the parish are duly provided for when an incumbent is selected for appointment.