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Act 20, 1972 (XX) – Act anent Church and Manse Buildings in New Charges. 24th May 1972.

The General Assembly direct that the Church Extension Committee shall not undertake to provide church or manse buildings in any new Charge until they are satisfied that that Charge has the numerical and financial resources necessary to an independent existence.

The General Assembly exhort Presbyteries to exercise due deliberation and caution before recommending any application for a grant or loan from the Church Extension Fund.

The General Assembly direct that, when the Church Extension Committee undertakes to provide Church and manse buildings in a new Charge, one-third of the cost must be met out of funds raised by the local congregation and the remaining two-thirds out of the Church Extension Fund, by means of a grant equal to one-third of the cost and an interest-free loan equal to the remaining one-third of the cost.

The General Assembly direct that the Church Extension Committee shall not provide church or manse buildings in Development Charges.