Orders of the Day — Prayer Book (Miscellaneous Provisions)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd August 1965.

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Photo of Mr Edward Mallalieu Mr Edward Mallalieu , Brigg 12:00 am, 2nd August 1965

I am most grateful to the hon. Member for Saffron Walden (Mr. Kirk): for raising this point, to clear up any doubt there may be on the subject. For my own part I can only say that on reading this Measure I had no doubt whatever that it is not its intention that the priest shall act unless the ordinary has given him orders so to act. The only case in which he can act on his own initiative is where there is clear and immediate scandal to the congregation. I admit that the words in the Report of the Ecclesiastical Committee give ground for saying there may have been doubt in the Committee's mind. All I can say is that there is no doubt in my mind on the subject whatever. I think that it is exactly as I have stated.