HC Deb 09 December 1912 vol 45 cc69-70W

asked the Home Secretary whether he intends to include in the Established Church (Wales) Bill the definition of member of the Church in Wales and the composition of the first Synod; and whether he has consulted any leading members of the Church in Wales, lay or clerical, upon these points?


I have stated in the House upon more than one occasion that I am prepared, if a definition be considered necessary, to insert in the Bill any definition of laity which is agreed upon by the representatives of the Church. The Government will also be prepared to insert any provisions for convening the first Synod (or Conference) of bishops, clergy, and laity, to discuss the steps to be taken for forming a constitution for the Disestablished Church, if the representatives of the Church desire the inclusion of such provisions. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.