Orders of the Day — Church of England (National Assembly) (Measures)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 10th March 1944.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

I wondered whether the report was using Basic English. The Measure may be, and in fact it is intended to be in certain cases of need, a Measure of expropriation, and therefore it does interfere with the rights of the King's lieges. It seems that it is a necessary Measure, and on those grounds alone we should not strongly object to it, but it is right that we should give it careful examination, as careful as we can with the knowledge we have at our disposal. I would like to ask my hon. Friend the Member for Central Leeds (Mr. Denman) who I hope will be replying, one question. It is on the question of compensation for incumbents who are dispossessed or not appointed, or have lost their freeholds. It seems to me on reading the Measure that the provisions for compensation are not quite adequate, or may not be. As the hon. and learned Member for Warrington has said, we cannot amend it, but I would like to ask the hon. Member for Central Leeds, whether he is sure that Clause 15 covers full compensation or whether the compensation may be at the discretion of the Diocesan Reorganisation Committee, partial compensation only. With these words I beg leave to support the Motion.