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Sir Edward Brabrook, Dir. S. A., then took the Chair and put the amend ment to the vote when it was lost.
The Rev. G. M. Livett then proposed as a rider to Mr. Vallance's resolution
"That some scheme should be devised whereby the repairs of churches might be legally supervised by some expert archaeological authority."
This was seconded by Mr. Nigel Bond (Dorset), who stated that he could not see how anyone could object to the extremely moderate terms of Mr. Vallance's resolution. It was indeed almost too indefinite, and he thought required stiffening by some such addition as that proposed.
After some discussion the amendment was unanimously accepted.
Mr. Baildon then moved certain additions that he proposed should be suggested to the Committee, which in effect should take the place of the passage of Clause 9, Part III., of the Bill which exempted from the compulsory clause of the Bill, ecclesiastical buildings in religious use.
The purport of the clauses was to allow of Churches being placed under the guardianship of His Majesty's Commissioners of Works and, without impairing the jurisdiction of the present Church authorities, or their powers, of granting faculties, to require the fiat of the Commissioners before a faculty was acted upon.
Major Freer, F.S.A. (Leicester), seconded the proposal, and after some considerable discussion, and certain verbal amendments, it was carried unanimously.
On the motion of Mr. Baildon it was agreed that the Committee should be asked to extend to Boroughs the powers to purchase, &c., buildings of archaeological interest, given under the Bill to County Councils. On the proposal of Mr. Baildon, seconded by the Rev. G. M. Livett, it was agreed to recommend the addition of the words "or local" to "national importance " in Clause 6, Part III.
Major Freer proposed :
"That this Meeting is of opinion that, as in Sweden, an Inventory of moveable Church Property must be taken and examined periodically by the proper Ecclesiastical Officer (the Rural Dean might be such Officer) and objects not in use must be carefully preserved."
This was seconded by Mr. Ralph Nevill, F.S.A., who referred to his resolution on the subject passed by the Congress in 1908, a resolution which had not met with that attention from the Church that could be wished.
After some expression of doubt as to whether the scheme would be practicable or remain a dead letter, the resolution was carreid unanimously. The Hon. Secretary was then authorized to attend the Committee, present the resolutions, and give such evidence on behalf of Congress as might be desired.
Thanks were rendered to Sir Edward Brabrook and also to the Royal Anthropological Institute for the use of their rooms.
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