HC Deb 23 March 1987 vol 113 c12
18. Mr. Greenway

asked the hon. Member for Wokingham, as representing the Church Commissioners, how much was spent in the past year by the commissioners on historic buildings under their control; what were the comparable figures 10 years ago; if he will give details of this expenditure; and if he will make a statement.

Sir Patrick Mayhew

I have been asked to reply.

The commissioners have a large number of listed historic buildings under their control but do not keep a separate record of expenditure for this category. I regret that to calculate the information which my hon. Friend requires would cause disproportionate expense.

Mr. Greenway

May I say how splendid it is to see my right hon. and learned Friend acting in this important capacity? May I ask him whether the Church Commissioners have any plans to charge for entry to cathedrals—as recommended by the Select Committee on the Environment—during certain periods of the day, provided that parts of the cathedrals are always left for prayer? If so, will there be a standard charge for all cathedrals, or will some be more expensive than others?

Sir Patrick Mayhew

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his kind remarks. I am always grateful for anything that is passed my way.

The Church Commissioners have no responsibility for the upkeep of cathedrals or, indeed, for the upkeep of churches.