HC Deb 01 June 1998 vol 313 c35W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, if he will make an assessment of the financial implications of disestablishment of the Church of England. [42025]

Mr. Stuart Bell

Disestablishment would not lie with the Commissioners to initiate and, without formal instructions and definitions, any estimates of costs are impractical.

However, for the record, the Prime Minister has indicated to me that neither he nor the Government generally have any policy for the disestablishment of the Church.