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Churches: Water Charges

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what estimate the Church Commissioners have made of the aggregate effect of new water charges on the finances of Church of England churches. (245924)

As I told my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral, South (Ben Chapman) on 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 671, it is estimated that the new charges will cost Church of England churches and cathedrals around £5 million or more per annum. In addition, churches using the public sewers will also be liable for highways drainage contributions at an estimated cost of £10 million per annum.