HC Deb 31 July 1912 vol 41 cc2074-5W
Viscount WOLMER

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can state what is the maximum amount of compensation payable under the Established Church (Wales) Bill to the patrons of the livings of Grosmont in the county of Monmouth, Herbrandston in the county of Pembroke, Ilston in the county of Glamorgan, Pwllcrochan in the county of Pembroke, Kegidoc in the county of Denbigh, Montgomery in the county of Montgomery, and St. Martin in the county of Salop?


The maximum amount of compensation to the patrons of these and other livings is determined by Clause 16, by which the Welsh Commissioners are given power to compensate all lay patrons whose right becomes extinct, provided the total amount of compensation granted shall not exceed one year's emoluments of the benefice, taken on an average of three years immediately before the passing of the Act. Application for compensation must be made within six months after the passing of the Act.


asked the Home Secretary if he will undertake to introduce an Amendment to the Established Church (Wales) Bill, so as to provide that compensation shall be paid to the registrars of the dioceses in Wales and Monmouthshire, and to the managing clerks engaged in such diocesan registries, on terms similar to those provided by Section 45 of the Irish Church Act, 1869, for the Irish diocesan registrars and their managing clerks?


The case of diocesan registrars who will lose any emoluments in consequence of the passing of the Bill is already provided for, but the case of managing clerks is different. Their tenure of office is not of a freehold nature, but the Government will be prepared to consider any special cases of hardship on the Committee stage of the Bill.