HC Deb 01 May 1972 vol 836 c29W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why, and on what authority, the British Ambassador in Paris ordered the British Embassy Church to scrap its title which has been in operation since 1834.

Mr. Anthony Royle:

It became clear recently that a sufficient majority of the congregation of St. Michael's Church in Paris did not wish to join in a scheme intended to unite the two Anglican and one Methodist Churches there in a single British church. The other two congregations accepted the scheme. Her Majesty's Ambassador, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the ecclesiastical authorities thought that, in these circumstances, St. Michael's was not sufficiently representative to be known as the Embassy Church, nor was it appropriate for its chaplain to be the ambasador's chaplain. Her Majesty's Ambassador has so informed the chaplain.

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