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Redundant Churches

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) of 22 July 2008, Official Report, column 983W, on redundant churches, what assessment the Church Commissioners have made of the reasons for churches being closed for regular public worship. (256413)

Decisions to propose closure for regular public worship are taken within each diocese and the Commissioners have made no specific assessment of the reasons behind such decisions. Where objections are received, the Commissioners consider whether there is a pastoral need for the church. On average, between 25 and 30 churches are closed each year; this is in the context of over 16,000 churches in use, including a number of new places of worship opening each year.