HC Deb 09 May 1960 vol 623 cc7-8W
45. Mr. Driberg

asked the hon. Member for Chelmsford, as Second Church Estates Commissioner representing the Church Commissioners, if he will publish in HANSARD, for the information of hon. Members in connection with Section 8 of the City of London (Guild Churches) Bill, a list of the existing ward churches in the City of London; what representations have been received from the aldermen and common council of any ward who may desire to change their ward church in accordance with the procedure laid down in this Section; and what reasons for such a change have been given.

Sir H. Ashton

The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes": in regard to the second no representations—within the meaning of this word as used in Clause 8 of the Bill—have been received from any alderman and Common Councilmen who may desire to change their ward church, because as the law now stands—Guild Churches Act of 1952—neither the Bishop of London nor anyone else has any power to implement such representations, and the City authorities are well aware that this is so.

At the same time unofficial discussions have taken place on this subject between the City authorities and the Archdeacon of London.

Church Whether Parish or Guild Church Ward
St. Botolph, Aldersgate. Guild Aldersgate
St. Mary at Hill Parish Billingsgate
St. Peter, Cornhill Parish Lime Street
St. Olave, Hart Street. Parish Tower
St. Lawrence Jewry. Guild Cheap Bassishaw
St. Giles Cripplegate. Parish Cripplegate Without.
St. Martin Ludgate. Guild Farringdon Within.
St. Michael Paternoster Royal. Guild Dowgate
St. Margaret Lothbury. Parish Coleman Street Broad Street
St. Botolph Bishopsgate. Parish Bishopsgate
St. Edmund the King. Parish Langbourn

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