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Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what funding the Church Commissioners have allocated for repairs to historic churches in each of the last three years. (265831)

The Church Commissioners' main expenditure priorities are clergy pensions, parish mission and ministry support and support for bishops’ and cathedrals’ ministries.

Their support for church building repair or preservation is limited to their chancel repair liabilities, assistance to cathedrals with chancel repair liabilities, and their part-funding of the work of the Churches Conservation Trust. The combined expenditure in these categories in the last three years for which figures are available was:

£ million

2005

l.7

2006

l.8

2007

1.7