Chris Ruane: To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions the Church of England has had with (a) Government Departments and (b) private sector energy exploration companies on mineral extraction rights on Church land.
Sir Tony Baldry: The Church Commissioners have been carrying out a programme of registering our manorial minerals interest with the Land Registry, prompted by the Land Registration Act 2002. We are on course to register all our interests before the 13 October 2013 deadline.
A document by the Land Registry can be viewed online at:
which provides more information about this project.
We currently extract some of our minerals interests across a number of locations within our severed and surface portfolio, typically in accordance with the terms of commercial option and leases to third party minerals extractors. The third parties are responsible for seeking planning approval.
To our knowledge we have had no other direct contact with the Government or other energy exploration companies in relation to our minerals interest. We are however in the process of carrying out a review of our minerals strategy.
Via: Parliament UK