§ 54. Mr. MACPHERSON
asked whether in the island of Bermuda no Presbyterian or Methodist is allowed to hold a burial service in a parish churchyard; that, in April of this year, a petition, most influentially signed, was presented to the Legislative Assembly of the island praying that the House would allow a Bill to be brought in securing to the people of all denominations the right to hold burial services in the parish churchyards; and whether, in view of the fact that for thirty years a burial service can be held in accordance with the wishes and the rites of the Church of the deceased in the parish churchyards of England, the Secretary for the Colonies will use his influence with the Government of the island to secure facilities for the passing of a Bill on the lines indicated?
I have no information as to the statements made in the question, but will make inquiries. My hon. Friend is no doubt aware that the Executive Government of Bermuda is not in a position to control legislation.