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WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT.

(Received 8.10 a.m.)

LONDON, April 7

Mr Asquith announces that the Welsh Disestablishment Bill will be introduced on 21st inst., on the lines of the bill of 1895.

In both 1894 and 1895 Mr. Asquith, then Home .Secretary, introduced a bill proposing that the Church of England in Wales should cease tc be established Rights of bishops were to be extinguished and no Welsh bishops were to sit in the House of Life interests were to be respected, and bishops and clergy were to receive their incomes for life, less the cost of collection. A Board of Commissioners was to be formed, in whom the church property would be vested, including cathedrals", palaces and deaneries. These funds were to be at the disposal of the Welsh people, and might be applied to the support oi hospitals, labourers" dwellings or the founding of a national library or academy. A "representative body" was to be formed by the Church i when disestablished. At their request, ! the cathedrals would be available for divine worship, but otherwise they would Ibe treated as national monuments. The ! title was to go to the county councils, j and the glebe and burial grounds to tho parish. The progress of the bill of 1895 was brought to an end by the defeat and I resignation of the Government,

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WELSH DISESTABLISHMENT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 84, 8 April 1909

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