§ MR. J. CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts,) Mansfield
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he is aware that, on the 29th January, the Vicar of Blockley, Worcestershire, refused to proceed with 805 a Burial Service in the cemetery adjoining the churchyard until Mrs. J. C. Reynolds, of Paxford, quitted the cemetery, stating that he made it a rule not to allow any person to be present at a Service at the grave who had not been also present at the service in the church; and that Mrs. Reynolds thereupon retired under protest; and whether the Vicar was entitled by Law to enforce such a rule?
§ SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
I am informed by the Vicar that no such rule as that alleged in the hon. Member's question was attempted to be enforced, or is even in existence. A rule has, I am told, been in force for many years prohibiting the admission to the cemetery when a Burial Service is going on of persons not belonging to the funeral procession. Whether such a rule has legal validity or not, I have no authority to determine.