HC Deb 30 June 1909 vol 7 c367

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty why, under Vote 11, Subsection U, of the Navy Estimates, Scotland is the only part of the Empire where allowances are not given to ministers of religion for services to seamen and marines of His Majesty's ships and for accommodation in churches; and whether, in view of the increasing visits of the Fleet to Scottish waters, the work done amongst the sailors by ministers in Scotland, the accommodation in churches in Scotland made use of by the sailors, and the fact that there are no Presbyterian chaplains in the Navy, he will consider whether Scotland can be treated as favourably as other parts of the Empire?


Fixed allowances, as detailed in reply to a question by the hon. Member for North Londonderry on 24th June, are granted only when the ministrations required are practically continuous. No such conditions at present apply to any parts of Scotland. The regulations governing the payment of allowances for casual religious ministrations to seamen and marines of His Majesty's ships apply equally to all parts of the British Isles. In the case of ministrations to Coastguard men in Scotland, no payment is made to clergymen of the Established Church; but this condition also obtains with regard to services rendered to Coastguard men in England by clergymen of the Church of England.


How has this injustice to Scotland arisen?


I have just said that Scotland is suffering under no injustice.