§ Mr. MALCOLM
asked the hon. Member for the Doncaster Division, as Church Estates Commissioner, whether he can inform the House what financial addition has been made to the stipend of the in- 851W cumbent of Christ Church, Spitalfields, to enable him to properly fulfil the increased duties that will be incurred when the proposed amalgamation of the Benefices of St. Mary's and Christ Church takes effect?
Under the scheme at present lying upon the Table of the House for uniting the Benefices of Christ Church, Spitalfields, and St. Mary's, Spital Square, the incumbent of the united benefice will, upon the union taking effect, be entitled to the whole endowment of Christ Church, and also, upon the cessation of the payment of a pension to the retiring incumbent of St. Mary's, to a portion amounting to £114852W per annum of the endowment of St. Mary's. Under the provisions of an Order in Council, dated 12th August, 1907, ratifying a scheme of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the incumbent of Christ Church will become entitled upon the next vacation of the benefice of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, to an augmentation of £250 per annum out of the endowments of that living. Until either the £114 per annum or the £250 per annum above-mentioned falls in to the incumbent of the united benefice, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have, upon the recommendation of the Bishop of London undertaken to pay to such incumbent out of a fund under their control an annual sum of £100.