HC Deb 13 March 1912 vol 35 cc1099-100
Mr. FRED HALL (Dulwich)

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the intention of the Government to introduce a measure for the Disestablishment of the national Church in Wales, he will call for a full and complete Return to be submitted to the House, showing the actual endowments of that Church, in order that Members may have an opportunity of forming an opinion as to the justice or otherwise of any proposals which may be embodied in the Bill; and whether he will arrange for a Return also to be submitted showing the actual endowments of religious denominations in Wales other than the Established Church, to enable the House to judge as to the relative degrees of generosity shown by the various sections?


The Prime Minister has asked me to reply to this question. The information asked for, as far as the Church of England is concerned, is given for 1906 in the Report, Memoranda, and Appendices of the Royal Commission on the Church of England and other Religious Bodies in Wales and Monmouthshire. I would refer in particular to a Return by Sir Lewis Dibdin on page 3, Cd. Paper 5432–1. Except for the Calvinistic Methodists, as to whose endowments some information will be found in Cd. Paper 5438, page 9. I have no detailed particulars of the endowments of the Nonconformist churches in Wales.