Places of Religious Worship

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2009.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many places of religious worship (a) are currently certified under the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855, broken down by faith denomination, and (b) were certified in each of the past five years, broken down by faith denomination.

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The Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 provides for places of meeting for religious worship to be certified to the Registrar General. Under this Act the Registrar General records all places of meeting for religious worship certified to him. There are currently 29,774 places of meeting for religious worship certified under the Act. These are broken down by denomination as follows:

Roman Catholic 3,663
Methodist 7,151
Congregationalist 1,357
Baptist 3,277
United Reformed 1,638
Calvinistic Methodist 1,147
Brethren 945
Salvation Army 896
Unitarian 175
Society of Friends 367
Jehovah's Witness 927
Other Christian bodies 6237
Jews 370
Muslim 837

"Other Christian bodies" includes those who describe themselves as Christian but do not designate themselves further. Examples of "other" include Assemblies of God, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventist, Greek Orthodox and Pentecostal.

During the past five years the following places of meeting for religious worship have been certified by denomination:

2004—total of 151
Roman Catholic 4
Methodist 9
Congregationalist 0
Baptist 8
United Reformed 2
Calvinistic Methodist 1
Brethren 2
Salvation Army 6
Unitarian 0
Society of Friends 2
Jehovah's Witness 7
Other Christian bodies 24
Jews 2
Muslim 25
Sikh 3
Other 56
2005—total 170
Roman Catholic 8
Methodist 10
Congregationalist 0
Baptist 4 9
United Reformed 4
Calvinistic Methodist 2
Brethren 5
Salvation Army 3
Unitarian 1
Society of Friends 0
Jehovah's Witness 9
Other Christian bodies 32
Jews 1
Muslim 18
Sikh 8
Other 60
2006—total 183
Roman Catholic 4
Methodist 7
Congregationalist 1
Baptist 15
United Reformed 0
Calvinistic Methodist 0
Brethren 1
Salvation Army 3
Unitarian 0
Society of Friends 1
Jehovah's Witness 7
Other Christian bodies 43
Jews 2
Muslim 31
Sikh 8
Other 60
2007—total 227
Roman Catholic 7
Methodist 11
Congregationalist 1
Baptist 9
United Reformed 4
Calvinistic Methodist 0
Brethren 8
Salvation Army 5
Unitarian 0
Society of Friends 4
Jehovah's Witness 7
Other Christian bodies 48
Jews 6
Muslim 38
Sikh 4
Other 75
2008—total 196
Roman Catholic 4
Methodist 7
Congregationalist 1
Baptist 3
United Reformed 1
Calvinistic Methodist 0
Brethren 6
Salvation Army 5
Unitarian 1
Society of Friends 0
Jehovah's Witness 6
Other Christian bodies 60
Jews 3
Muslim 33
Sikh 9
Other 57

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