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Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  59

 

Schedule  8,  page  144,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘92A      

In the heading for Part 1, for “CHARITY COMMISSIONERS” substitute

 

“CHARITY COMMISSION”.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  194

 

Schedule  8,  page  145,  line  32,  leave out ‘COMMISSION’S’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  195

 

Schedule  8,  page  146,  line  32,  leave out paragraph 99 and insert—

 

‘99      

For section 10 substitute—

 

“10    

Disclosure of information to Commission

 

(1)    

Any relevant public authority may disclose information to the

 

Commission if the disclosure is made for the purpose of enabling or

 

assisting the Commission to discharge any of its functions.

 

(2)    

But Revenue and Customs information may be disclosed under

 

subsection (1) only if it relates to an institution, undertaking or body

 

falling within one (or more) of the following paragraphs—

 

(a)    

a charity;

 

(b)    

an institution which is established for charitable, benevolent

 

or philanthropic purposes;

 

(c)    

an institution by or in respect of which a claim for exemption

 

has at any time been made under section 505(1) of the Income

 

and Corporation Taxes Act 1988;

 

(d)    

a subsidiary undertaking of a charity;

 

(e)    

a body entered in the Scottish Charity Register which is

 

managed or controlled wholly or mainly in or from England

 

or Wales.

 

(3)    

In subsection (2)(d) above “subsidiary undertaking of a charity”

 

means an undertaking (as defined by section 259(1) of the Companies

 

Act 1985) in relation to which—

 

(a)    

a charity is (or is to be treated as) a parent undertaking in

 

accordance with the provisions of section 258 of, and

 

Schedule 10A to, the Companies Act 1985, or

 

(b)    

two or more charities would, if they were a single charity, be

 

(or be treated as) a parent undertaking in accordance with

 

those provisions.

 

(4)    

For the purposes of the references to a parent undertaking—

 

(a)    

in subsection (3) above, and

 

(b)    

in section 258 of, and Schedule 10A to, the Companies Act

 

1985 as they apply for the purposes of that subsection,

 

    

“undertaking” includes a charity which is not an undertaking as

 

defined by section 259(1) of that Act.

 

10A    

Disclosure of information by Commission

 

(1)    

Subject to subsections (2) and (3) below, the Commission may

 

disclose to any relevant public authority any information received by


 
 

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the Commission in connection with any of the Commission’s

 

functions—

 

(a)    

if the disclosure is made for the purpose of enabling or

 

assisting the relevant public authority to discharge any of its

 

functions, or

 

(b)    

if the information so disclosed is otherwise relevant to the

 

discharge of any of the functions of the relevant public

 

authority.

 

(2)    

In the case of information disclosed to the Commission under section

 

10(1) above, the Commission’s power to disclose the information

 

under subsection (1) above is exercisable subject to any express

 

restriction subject to which the information was disclosed to the

 

Commission.

 

(3)    

Subsection (2) above does not apply in relation to Revenue and

 

Customs information disclosed to the Commission under section 10(1)

 

above; but any such information may not be further disclosed (whether

 

under subsection (1) above or otherwise) except with the consent of

 

the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

 

(4)    

Any responsible person who discloses information in contravention of

 

subsection (3) above is guilty of an offence and liable—

 

(a)    

on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not

 

exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory

 

maximum, or both;

 

(b)    

on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not

 

exceeding two years or to a fine, or both.

 

(5)    

It is a defence for a responsible person charged with an offence under

 

subsection (4) above of disclosing information to prove that he

 

reasonably believed—

 

(a)    

that the disclosure was lawful, or

 

(b)    

that the information had already and lawfully been made

 

available to the public.

 

(6)    

In the application of this section to Scotland or Northern Ireland, the

 

reference to 12 months in subsection (4) is to be read as a reference to

 

6 months.

 

(7)    

In this section “responsible person” means a person who is or was—

 

(a)    

a member of the Commission,

 

(b)    

a member of the staff of the Commission,

 

(c)    

a person acting on behalf of the Commission or a member of

 

the staff of the Commission, or

 

(d)    

a member of a committee established by the Commission.

 

10B    

Disclosure to and by principal regulators of exempt charities

 

(1)    

Sections 10 and 10A above apply with the modifications in

 

subsections (2) to (4) below in relation to the disclosure of information

 

to or by the principal regulator of an exempt charity.

 

(2)    

References in those sections to the Commission or to any of its

 

functions are to be read as references to the principal regulator of an

 

exempt charity or to any of the functions of that body or person as

 

principal regulator in relation to the charity.


 
 

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(3)    

Section 10 above has effect as if for subsections (2) and (3) there were

 

substituted—

 

“(2)    

But Revenue and Customs information may be disclosed

 

under subsection (1) only if it relates to—

 

(a)    

the exempt charity in relation to which the principal

 

regulator has functions as such, or

 

(b)    

a subsidiary undertaking of the exempt charity.

 

(3)    

In subsection (2)(b) above “subsidiary undertaking of the

 

exempt charity” means an undertaking (as defined by section

 

259(1) of the Companies Act 1985) in relation to which—

 

(a)    

the exempt charity is (or is to be treated as) a parent

 

undertaking in accordance with the provisions of section

 

258 of, and Schedule 10A to, the Companies Act 1985,

 

or

 

(b)    

the exempt charity and one or more other charities

 

would, if they were a single charity, be (or be treated as)

 

a parent undertaking in accordance with those

 

provisions.”

 

(4)    

Section 10A above has effect as if for the definition of “responsible

 

person” in subsection (7) there were substituted a definition specified

 

by regulations under section 13(4)(b) of the Charities Act 2006

 

(regulations prescribing principal regulators).

 

(5)    

Regulations under that section may also make such amendments or

 

other modifications of any enactment as the Secretary of State

 

considers appropriate for securing that any disclosure provisions that

 

would otherwise apply in relation to the principal regulator of an

 

exempt charity do not apply in relation to that body or person in its or

 

his capacity as principal regulator.

 

(6)    

In subsection (5) above “disclosure provisions” means provisions

 

having effect for authorising, or otherwise in connection with, the

 

disclosure of information by or to the principal regulator concerned.

 

10C    

Disclosure of information: supplementary

 

(1)    

In sections 10 and 10A above “relevant public authority” means—

 

(a)    

any government department (including a Northern Ireland

 

department),

 

(b)    

any local authority,

 

(c)    

any constable, and

 

(d)    

any other body or person discharging functions of a public

 

nature (including a body or person discharging regulatory

 

functions in relation to any description of activities).

 

(2)    

In section 10A above “relevant public authority” also includes any

 

body or person within subsection (1)(d) above in a country or territory

 

outside the United Kingdom.

 

(3)    

In sections 10 to 10B above and this section—

 

“enactment” has the same meaning as in the Charities Act 2006;

 

“Revenue and Customs information” means information held as

 

mentioned in section 18(1) of the Commissioners for Revenue and

 

Customs Act 2005.


 
 

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(4)    

Nothing in sections 10 and 10A above (or in those sections as applied

 

by section 10B(1) to (4) above) authorises the making of a disclosure

 

which—

 

(a)    

contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998, or

 

(b)    

is prohibited by Part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory

 

Powers Act 2000.”’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  60

 

Schedule  8,  page  148,  line  41,  after ‘was”,’, insert—

 

‘(ba)    

for “they act” substitute “it acts”,’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Withdrawn  104

 

Schedule  8,  page  149,  line  14,  after ‘manager’, insert ‘(who will otherwise be

 

known as an interim trustee as appropriate)’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  106

 

Schedule  8,  page  149,  line  14,  after ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  61

 

Schedule  8,  page  149,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘(za)    

for “they have” substitute “it has”,’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  107

 

Schedule  8,  page  150,  line  6,  after ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  108

 

Schedule  8,  page  150,  line  11,  after second ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  109

 

Schedule  8,  page  150,  line  13,  after ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  110

 

Schedule  8,  page  150,  line  15,  after second ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  111

 

Schedule  8,  page  150,  line  19,  after second ‘manager’, insert ‘or interim trustee as

 

appropriate’.


 
 

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Mr Andrew Turner

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Peter Bottomley

 

James Duddridge

 

Withdrawn  51

 

Schedule  8,  page  155,  line  6,  after ‘charity’, insert ‘but so that the requirements of

 

such regulations shall be the minimum commensurate with the need to ensure that the

 

statement of accounts provides a true and fair view of the charity’s financial position’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Peter Bottomley

 

James Duddridge

 

Not called  52

 

Schedule  8,  page  155,  line  7,  after ‘made,’, insert ‘or—

 

(c)    

for more than one type of statement to be prepared to reflect the differing

 

natures and sizes of different charities,’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  62

 

Schedule  8,  page  156,  leave out lines 39 and 40 and insert—

 

‘(c)    

for “the Commissioners so request, be transmitted to them” substitute

 

“the Commission so requests, be transmitted to it”, and’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  63

 

Schedule  8,  page  158,  line  9,  at end insert ‘, and

 

(c)    

for “they may” substitute “it may”.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  64

 

Schedule  8,  page  164,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(2A)  

Omit—

 

(a)    

in the definition of “exempt charity” in subsection (1), the words

 

“(subject to section 24(8) above)”, and

 

(b)    

subsection (4).’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  184

 

Schedule  8,  page  165,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(ba)    

in the definition of “institution”, after ““institution” insert “means an

 

institution whether incorporated or not, and”.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  196

 

Schedule  8,  page  165,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘169A    

In section 100(3) (extent) for “Section 10” substitute “Sections 10 to 10C”.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  185

 

Schedule  8,  page  169,  line  32,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (c. 4)

 

            

In Part 3 of Schedule 14 to the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (the Judicial

 

Appointments Commission: relevant offices etc.) after the entries relating to

 

section 6(5) of the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992 insert—

 

“President of the Charity

Paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 1B

 
 

Tribunal

to the Charities Act 1993

 
  

(c. 10)”.’.

 
 

Legal member of the Charity

  
 

Tribunal

  
 

Ordinary member of the Charity

  
 

Tribunal

  
 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  186

 

Schedule  8,  page  169,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 10)

 

            

The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 has effect subject

 

to the following amendments.

 

            

In section 36(1) (powers of OSCR in relation to English and Welsh

 

charities)—

 

(a)    

for “Charity Commissioners for England and Wales inform” substitute

 

“Charity Commission for England and Wales informs”,

 

(b)    

for “under section 3” substitute “in accordance with section 3A”, and

 

(c)    

for “section 3(5) of that Act,” substitute “subsection (2) of that

 

section,”.

 

            

In section 69(2)(d)(i) (persons disqualified from being charity trustees)—

 

(a)    

at the beginning insert “by the Charity Commission for England and

 

Wales under section 18(2)(i) of the Charities Act 1993 or”, and

 

(b)    

for “under section 18(2)(i) of the Charities Act 1993 (c. 10),”

 

substitute “, whether under section 18(2)(i) of that Act or under”.’.

 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  187

 

Schedule  8,  page  169,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘Equality Act 2006 (c. 3)

 

    (1)  

The Equality Act 2006 has effect subject to the following amendments.

 

      (2)  

In section 58(2) (charities relating to religion or belief)—

 

(a)    

for “Charity Commissioners for England and Wales” substitute

 

“Charity Commission”, and

 

(b)    

for “the Commissioners” substitute “the Commission”.

 

      (3)  

In section 79(1)(a) (interpretation) after “given by” insert “section 1(1) of”.’.


 
 

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Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  188

 

Schedule  9,  page  170,  line  5,  at beginning insert—

 

Police, Factories, &c.

In section 5(1), in paragraph (b) of

 
 

(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

the proviso, the words from “, and

 
 

1916 (c. 31)

no representation” onwards.’.

 
 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  189

 

Schedule  9,  page  170,  line  18,  column 2, at end insert—

  

‘In section 79, in subsection (6)

 
  

the words “(subject to subsection

 
  

(7))”, and subsection (7).’.

 
 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  190

 

Schedule  9,  page  170,  line  20,  column 2, at end insert—

  

‘In Schedule 7, the entry relating

 
  

to the Police, Factories, &c.

 
  

(Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

 
  

1916 (c. 31).’.

 
 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  197

 

Schedule  9,  page  170,  leave out line 29.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Edward Miliband

 

Agreed to  198

 

Schedule  10,  page  174,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘Section (Disclosure of information to and by Northern Ireland regulator): Disclosure of

 

information to and by Northern Ireland regulator

 

15A      

In relation to an offence committed in England and Wales before the

 

commencement of section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44)

 

(general limit on magistrates’ courts power to impose imprisonment), the

 

reference to 12 months in section (Disclosure of information to and by

 

Northern Ireland regulator)(6) is to be read as a reference to 6 months.’.


 
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