HC Deb 15 January 1913 vol 46 cc2095-6W

asked the Home Secretary when his proposal with regard to commutation in respect of existing interests of holders of ecclesiastical offices in the Church in Wales will be circulated; and whether he will, at the same time, circulate all the proposed consequential Amendments of the Established Church (Wales) Bill?


My right hon. Friend is not in a position to name a definite date, but he hopes to circulate the Paper within a week. He will consider the suggestion made in the latter part of the Noble Lord's question.


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under the Established Church. (Wales) Bill, as worded at present, certain churchyards may be transferred to parish councils; if so, would the buildings thereon also be transferred, such as church houses and schools; and whether parish councils could, if they wished, erect in the said churehyards secular buildings thereon—For example, council schools or parish halls?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The answer to the second part of the question appears to be in the negative, but I should like the hon. Member to give me any particular instances which he has in mind. The answer to the last part is in the negative.


asked the Prime Minister whether he still adheres to his statements, made in this House on 26th April, 1895, that no less than £1,750,000 was paid to the curates of Ireland on the Disestablishment of the Irish Church and that there was an extraordinary and unprecedented multiplication of curates; and whether the Government will resist a repetition of this course of events in connection with Welsh Disestablishment?


I have no doubt my statement was accurate, and I think it would be undesirable that what took place in Ireland in this matter should be repeated elsewhere.