BISHOP’S PALACE IN WELLS: CHURCH COMMISSIONERS’ WRITTEN ANSWERS

Second Church Estates Commissioner, Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, answered five written questions from Tessa Munt MP on the Church Commissioners plans for the Palace at Wells.

The Palace at Bath and Wells (picture courtesy of bishopspalace.org.uk)
The Palace at Bath and Wells (picture courtesy of bishopspalace.org.uk)

Tessa Munt: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what the cost is of the property which the Church Commissioners have purchased or propose to purchase for the purpose of accommodating the new Bishop of Bath and Wells. 

Sir Tony Baldry: The purchase on the new property has not yet completed. As a result the information relating to the purchase remains commercially sensitive, it would therefore be inappropriate to publish the price.

 

Tessa Munt: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what the address is of the property which the Church Commissioners have purchased or propose to purchase for the purpose of accommodating the new Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Sir Tony Baldry: The Church Commissioners are in the process of purchasing the Old Rectory, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3QN.

 

Tessa Munt: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2014, Official Report, column 502W, on Bishop of Bath and Wells, what consultation with the new Bishop of Bath and Wells was carried out prior to the decision to purchase new housing to accommodate him and his wife.

Sir Tony Baldry: The new Bishop was made aware that the Commissioners were considering the Palace’s suitability as the Bath and Wells see house but he was not formally consulted, did not give a view and was not part of the decision-making.

 

Tessa Munt: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have for the future use of the flat in the Palace of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Sir Tony Baldry: The future use of the flat at the Palace in Wells is not yet decided.

 

Tessa Munt: To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Very Reverend John Clarke, Dean of Wells, was present during meetings at which the suitability of the accommodation in the Bishop’s Palace at Wells was discussed by the Church Commissioners.

Sir Tony Baldry: The Dean, the Very Reverend John Clarke, was not present; he absented himself from discussions about the Palace at various relevant meetings of the Church Commissioners’ Bishoprics and Cathedrals Committee and the Board of Governors meetings.

(via Parliament.uk)