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Church Buildings

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will seek to amend the terms of charity law to enable owners of church buildings to allow them to be sold to other religious denominations even if they do not offer the highest purchase price; and if he will make a statement.

This is not principally a matter concerning charity law. If a building is held subject to a trust, the trustees wishing to sell it have a general duty, regardless of the nature of the building, to obtain the best price that they reasonably can. I see no reason for disapplying this duty in the case of church buildings.