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Church Commissioners: Licensing

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many special licences were granted in each year since 1997. (133131)

These figures are not held by the central Church institutions but I understand from the Office for National Statistics that the figures for 1997 to 2004 (the latest year for which figures are available) are as follows:

Total number of Special Licences in England and Wales

1997

1,952

1998

1,878

1999

1,861

2000

1,877

2001

1,805

2002

1,784

2003

1,966

2004

2,226