§ 85. Sir JOHN HASLAM
asked the hon. Member for Central Leeds, as representing the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, if he can inform the House as to the reason 818 why no action has been taken on the unanimous report made by the special commission set up to inquire into the amalgamation of the parishes of Christ Church, Bolton, with the adjoining parishes?
§ Mr. DENMAN (Second Church Estates Commissioner)
Action in accordance with the Union of Benefices Measure, 1923, has been taken and a scheme is before the Privy Council, but certain objectors have appealed against the confirmation of the scheme and the appeal has been referred to the Judicial Committee.
§ Sir J. HASLAM
Does the hon. Gentleman realise that for nearly two years there has been no pastoral visitation or supervision in this parish, and that the whole parochial system, which, after all, is the greatest attribute of the Church of England, is in abeyance, and that there has been practically no visitation of the poor, sick or dying in this down-town parish?
§ Mr. DENMAN
I have already observed that the matter is before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and I cannot interfere with them.