HC Deb 10 May 1999 vol 331 c68W
41. Miss McIntosh

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the commissioners have to give assistance to churches for the cost of repairs. [82620]

Mr. Stuart Bell

Responsibility for the maintenance of Church of England churches in use for worship rests with the parochial church councils concerned and not with the Commissioners, who have no general statutory power to assist. The Commissioners main spending priorities are the support of the serving clergy, clergy pensioners and their dependents.