HC Deb 24 May 1976 vol 912 cc28-9
38. Mr. Tim Renton

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he will make a statement on his exercise of ecclesiastical patronage in the Duchy.

Mr. Lever

The Queen is Patron of certain benefices in the Church of England in her right of the Duchy of Lancaster. When the Chancellor of the Duchy is a Roman Catholic or a Jew, the Clerk of the Council of the Duchy, who is a full-time Duchy official, acts in his place in advising the Queen on these matters.

Mr. Renton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I fully understand leis reasons, despite the added time that is now on his hands, for not exercising the right of patronage? May I ask him whether, as economic adviser to the Prime Minister—indeed, I congratulate him on his continuing appointment in that respect—he will be seeing and endorsing the terms of the next letter to the IMF applying for the next—

Mr. Speaker

Order. Is this ecclesiastical patronage?