asked the right hon. Baronet the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any communication had taken place between the right hon. Baronet and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, as to the formation by them of a scale for augmenting small livings, in which area shall be taken into consideration as well as population; also, when such scale is likely to come into operation, as proposed by the right hon. Baronet during the progress of the Cathedral Churches 1442 (Wales) Bill (Act 6 and 7 Vic., c. 77,) through the House of Commons, in the Session of 1843?
§ Sir J. Graham
said, that no written communication had taken place between him and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners upon the subject to which the question referred; but he, being a member of the Commission, did bring the matter under the consideration of the Commissioners. At the present moment, however, on account of the deficiency of funds, all augmentation of small livings by the Commission was suspended. When he (Sir J. Graham) proposed that area as well as population should be taken into consideration with reference to the augmentation of small livings, no positive decision was adopted by the Commissioners, but the proposition was favourably entertained.