HL Deb 25 May 1995 vol 564 cc65-6WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will reconsider their earlier acceptance of the recommendation in the Wilding Report that the Church Commissioners be given direct control over the taxpayer's 70 per cent. contribution to the preservation of those redundant churches which because of their historical or architectural interest have been deemed worthy of preservation in the interest of the nation by the Redundant Churches Fund (now the Churches Preservation Trust).

Viscount Astor

It remains the Government's intention to amend the Redundant Churches and Other Religious Buildings Act 1969 to enable the Department of National Heritage's grant to the Churches Conservation Trust to be paid through the Church Commissioners, who would take on the full responsibility for sponsoring the trust.