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Church of England: Land

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what mechanisms are in place to ensure that disposal of glebeland (a) complies with legal requirements and (b) respects the terms of covenants. (223723)

Under the provisions of the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976, a Diocesan Board of Finance has to manage its glebe property for the benefit of the Diocesan Stipends Fund of the diocese. The legal requirements before a sale is proposed are set out in the Measure and in advice published by the Commissioners.

The Commissioners’ consent to a sale is needed where the proposed transaction does not meet standard charitable criteria or where there are objections to the proposal. The policing of covenants after a sale is a matter for the Diocesan Board of Finance.

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what procedures exist for members of the public to object to a sale of glebeland. (223724)

Notice of the proposed sale of qualifying glebe needs to be served on the parish priest and the Parochial Church Council. If there are objections, these are considered by the Church Commissioners’ Pastoral Committee. Objectors to and proponents of the proposed transaction may attend the Committee’s meetings and make oral presentations of their cases. The Commissioners’ decision on such cases is final.