§ Mr. Frank Field
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department for how many church livings the Lord Chancellor has the responsibility of appointment.
Mr. John M. Taylor
My noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor is responsible for making appointments on behalf of the Crown to 464 benefices where the Crown has rights of presentation. Of these, 194 belong to the Crown in full right, while appointment to the remaining 270 is undertaken alternately or sequentially depending upon the number of other patrons having rights of presentation to those benefices.