§ 45. Captain Orr
asked the hon. and learned Member for Brigg, as Second Church Estates Commissioner, by what authority the Cross of Canterbury has been taken out of the country by the Archbishop on his present world tour.
§ Mr. E. L. Mallalieu
The Cross of Canterbury is vested in the Church Commissioners. The Archbishop is entitled to take the Cross with him when he travels officially.
§ Captain Orr
I am very grateful to the hon. and learned Gentleman for his courtesy and the trouble he has taken in this matter. Is he aware that I am not suggesting that the Archbishop might have absconded with the Cross, but I am most concerned that important and irreplaceable national treasures should not be taken out of the country without the greatest care for their safety and return? Will he be good enough to give an assurance that such will never be the case in future?
§ Mr. Mallalieu
I can assure the hon. and gallant Gentleman that in this instance the Church Commissioners knew of the Archbishop's intention. They always insure this Cross and specifically informed the insurers of the intention to make this particular journey.
§ Mr. Rankin
We have heard that the Cross is insured, but, Mr. Speaker, is the Archbishop also insured?
§ Mr. Speaker
I do not know to whom that observation was addressed. I can only say that it does not raise a point of order.