Church Commissioners – Chancel Repair Liability (Written Answers)

On 30th January 2015, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry MP, answered three written questions on the subject of chancel repair liability and the powers of parochial church councils.

Tony Baldry MPAndrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat): To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what powers parochial church councils possess to convey (a) capital, (b) property and (c) other assets to a local community organisation or charity they are (i) seeking to assist and (ii) whose objections or plan they support.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry): A Parochial Church Council is a statutory corporation established for the purpose, among other more specific functions, of “co-operating with the minster in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical”. The Parochial Church Council may properly convey money or property to another charity or community organisation if it considers that doing so would further this charitable purpose. A transfer of land would require the consent of the diocesan authority. No consent is required for a transfer of money or other property.

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Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat): To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many and which parochial church councils (a) have and (b) have not registered their entitlement to the benefit of recovery of channel repair liability.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry): Each Parochial Church Council is an independent charity and it is for them to individually determine whether or not to register chancel repair liabilities in accordance with their responsibilities set out by the Charity Commission. No central register is kept.

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Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat): To ask the right hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, how many court cases have been brought by parochial church councils to recover channel repair liability since the Aston Cantlow judgement by the House of Lords in 2003.

The Second Church Estates Commissioner (Rt Hon Sir Tony Baldry): The Church Commissioners are not aware of any litigation by Parochial Church Councils relating to chancel repair liability since the Aston Cantlow case.

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