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Churches: Repairs and Maintenance

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Conservative, West Worcestershire

To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, if the Church Commissioners will ask the Secretary of State for Justice to introduce legislative proposals to amend the law in respect of liability for repair of church chancels.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church Commissioners have no plans to request the Secretary of State for Justice introduce legislative proposals amending the law for the repair of church chancels.

The Church Commissioners are responsible in whole or in part for the repair of around 800 chancels across all parts of the country. The Commissioners are seeking to register their liabilities based upon their existing ownership of land by 13 October 2013 in accordance with the provisions of the Land Registration Act 2002. After that date, liabilities based on land that are not registered as overriding interests will cease on the first sale of the subject land post-October 2013.

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