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 Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

Let me just conclude that point. Without this Measure, the Home Secretary would have had to give us, instead of a Statute of 57 Clauses and two Schedules, probably a Bill of six Clauses to be implemented by a vast mass of Regulations. I suggest that, so far from being a subject of criticism, this Measure is one on which the Assembly deserves our very hearty thanks. It has presented to this House the first major Statute in which the House has had to deal with physical reconstruction of blitzed areas. It has faced desolation and tried to use it as an opportunity. May I conclude by saying that we owe a special word of thanks to the Bishop of London, who was, so to speak, the minister in charge of this legislation, from the earliest stage of its construction and during its passage through the Assembly? In fact, I have never seen more masterly conduct of an exceedingly complex Bill, and I have often wished that, instead of adorning a bench in another place, he was helping with the work of the Bench on my left.