Evidence submitted by the Corporation
Thank you for notifying us of this inquiry.
The Corporation of London has taken a great interest in the reform
of the Office of Lord Chancellor. There are a number of potential
constitutional implications for the City, not least in the admission
of the Lord Mayor, which are the subject of continued discussion
between the Corporation and the Department for Constitutional
It would appear, however, from the terms of
reference that this inquiry does not directly involve the Corporation.
The issue of ecclesiastical patronage has been examined. Under
provisions in the City of London (Guild Churches) Act 1952 and
a reorganisation scheme of 1953 the City's patronages were rationalised.
The City Corporation is now the sole patron of the churches in
which it has an interest.
It is not, therefore, proposed that a formal
submission be made to the Committee. Nevertheless, the Corporation
remains interested in the constitutional developments surrounding
the Government's proposals and would welcome being kept informed
of any of the Committee's future work on the reforms which may
affect the City
P R E Double
9 January 2004