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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 25th October 2006

 

Report Stage Proceedings

 

Charities Bill [Lords], As Amended


 

New Clauses

 

Amendments reflecting changes in company law audit provisions

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Added  NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Minister may by order make such amendments of the 1993 Act or this Act as

 

he considers appropriate—

 

(a)    

in consequence of, or in connection with, any changes made or to be

 

made by any enactment to the provisions of company law relating to the

 

accounts of charitable companies or to the auditing of, or preparation of

 

reports in respect of, such accounts;

 

(b)    

for the purposes of, or in connection with, applying provisions of

 

Schedule 5A to the 1993 Act (group accounts) to charitable companies

 

that are not required to produce group accounts under company law.

 

(2)    

In this section—

 

“accounts” includes group accounts;

 

“amendments” includes repeals and modifications;

 

“charitable companies” means companies which are charities;

 

“company law” means the enactments relating to companies.’.

 


 

Small charities: remitance of fees

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not selected  NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Where any fee or charge is payable to a local authority under any enactment, the

 

local authority may draw up and operate a scheme of fee remittances for any class

 

of small charities.


 
 

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(2)    

“Small charity” in this section means any charity with a turnover of less than

 

£100,000 per year.’.

 


 

Property from trusts in residuary legacies

 

Martin Horwood

 

Negatived on division  nc3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 36(3) of the Charities Act 1993 (c. 10) insert—

 

“(3A)    

Subsection (3) above shall not apply to any such land that is left in a will

 

to a charity.

 

(3B)    

Subsection (3A) above shall not preclude charity trustees commissioning

 

a report in accordance with subsection (3) if they so wish.”.’.

 


 

Ethical investment by charities

 

Martin Horwood

 

Not selected  nc4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Commission shall maintain a list of recognised ethical investment funds.

 

(2)    

It shall be lawful for any charity to invest in a recognised ethical investment fund,

 

regardless of any rule of law to the contrary.

 

(3)    

The power to invest in a recognised ethical investment fund is supplementary to

 

any existing power of investment and shall not restrict any such power.

 

(4)    

In judging whether to recognise an ethical investment fund, the Commission shall

 

take into account—

 

(a)    

whether the investment policy of the fund can reasonably be described as

 

ethical,

 

(b)    

whether the fund complies with its stated objectives,

 

(c)    

whether the fund provides a reasonable rate of return at a reasonable level

 

of risk for a charity,

 

(d)    

any other matter the Commission thanks relevant to the protection of

 

charities and the goal of promoting ethical investment.

 

(5)    

The Commission shall have power to remove a fund from the list if it comes to

 

the conclusion that the fund should no longer be included having taken into

 

account the matters mentioned in subsection (4).

 

(6)    

Any interested person may apply to the Charity Tribunal to set aside any decision

 

by the Commission to include a fund on the list, to refuse to include a fund on the

 

list or to remove a fund from the list.’.

 



 
 

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Academic freedom

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not selected  nc5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

When exercising any power under this Act with relation to a university, the

 

Commission and the principal regulators of exempt charities shall be bound by a

 

duty to protect academic freedom.

 

(2)    

“Academic freedom” shall have the meaning attributed to it by section 32 of the

 

Higher Education Act 2004.

 

(3)    

“University” shall have the meaning attributed to it by section 90(3) of the Further

 

and Higher Education Act 1992, but it shall be immaterial whether a university

 

receives any public support.’.

 


 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Holmes

 

Negatived on division  123

 

Page  2,  line  10  [Clause  2],  after ‘religion’, insert ‘or belief’.

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not called  124

 

Page  2,  line  16  [Clause  2],  after ‘religious or racial harmony or equality and

 

diversity’ and insert ‘harmony or equality between races, religions and beliefs’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  2

 

Page  2,  line  22  [Clause  2],  at end insert ‘, or of the efficiency of the police, fire and

 

rescue services or ambulance services’.

 

Dr Evan Harris

 

Colin Challen

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Paul Holmes

 

Not called  125

 

Page  2,  line  27  [Clause  2],  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

in paragraph (c) “belief”, and in paragraph (h) “beliefs”, are to be

 

construed in accordance with article 9 in Schedule 1 of the Human Rights

 

Act 1998 (c. 42)’.


 
 

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Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  3

 

Page  2,  line  34  [Clause  2],  leave out ‘sport which involves physical skill and

 

exertion; and’ and insert ‘sports or games which promote health by involving physical or

 

mental skill or exertion’.

 

Mr Humfrey Malins

 

Not called  122

 

Page  2,  line  35  [Clause  2],  after ‘exertion’ insert ‘or which, on the day this section

 

comes into force, are sports or disciplines open to competition in games organised by:

 

(i)    

the International Olympic Committee;

 

(ii)    

the International Paralympic Committee; or

 

(iii)    

the Commonwealth Games Federation.’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  4

 

Page  2,  line  37  [Clause  2],  at end insert ‘; and

 

(f)    

in paragraph (l) “fire and rescue services” means services provided by

 

fire and rescue authorities under Part 2 of the Fire and Rescue Services

 

Act 2004 (c. 21).’.

 


 

Miss Ann Widdecombe

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Bob Spink

 

Mr Peter Bone

 

Mr Stephen Crabb

 

Philip Davies

 

Mr Julian Brazier

 

Negatived on division  126

 

Page  3,  line  22  [Clause  3],  after ‘not’, insert ‘save in the case of section 2(2)(c),’.

 

Mr John Grogan

 

Mr Martin Horwood

 

Mr Jon Trickett

 

Dr Vincent Cable

 

Ms Sandra Gidley

 

Mr Elfyn Llwyd

 

David Taylor

 

Helen Jones

 

Mr Ronnie Campbell

 

Mr David Drew

 

Not called  1

 

Page  3,  line  23  [Clause  3],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

In determining whether that requirement is satisfied in relation to any such

 

purpose, consideration must be given to the effect of placing any undue restriction

 

on obtaining that benefit.’.

 



 
 

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Martin Horwood

 

Not selected  130

 

Page  6,  line  35  [Clause  6],  at end insert—

 

‘7         

Giving information or advice or making proposals to any member or members

 

of the public interested in registering a charity under subsection (3), including

 

advice not to register.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Not selected  128

 

Page  7,  line  28  [Clause  7],  at end insert—

 

‘5A      

In performing its functions the Commission must have regard to the interests

 

of beneficiaries.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Not selected  131

 

Page  8,  line  16  [Clause  8],  leave out second ‘of’ and insert ‘made or not made by’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Not called  132

 

Page  8,  line  20  [Clause  8],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

such appeals and applications as may be made to the Tribunal, in respect

 

of decisions, orders or directions not made by the Commission which

 

could reasonably have been made by the Commission.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Not selected  134

 

Page  8,  line  20  [Clause  8],  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

any appeal or application as may be made to the Tribunal relating to any

 

decision made by the Secretary of State under this Act.’.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  5

 

Page  9,  line  40  [Clause  8],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Mr Andrew Turner

 

Not called  117

 

Page  9,  line  40  [Clause  8],  at end insert—

 

‘2BA  

Suitors’ fund

 

(1)    

The Tribunal shall administer a fund (“the suitors fund”) from which it will

 

contribute to the costs of those seeking to bring appeals and applications in

 

accordance with Schedule 1C of this Act or appeals in acccordance with section

 

2C of this Act.


 
 

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(2)    

The fund shall be provided by the Commission.’.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  6

 

Page  11,  line  39  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘(subject to subsection (11))’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  7

 

Page  11,  line  41  [Clause  9],  leave out from beginning to end of line 3 on page 12.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  8

 

Page  12,  line  22  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘by the Commission’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  9

 

Page  12,  line  31  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘by the Secretary of State’.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  10

 

Page  13,  line  8  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  11

 

Page  13,  line  13  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  12

 

Page  13,  line  22  [Clause  9],  after ‘(7)’, insert ‘(a)’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  118

 

Page  13,  line  26  [Clause  9],  leave out from ‘day’ to ‘(registration’ in line 27 and

 

insert ‘on which subsections (1) to (5) above come into force by virtue of an order under

 

section 78 of the Charities Act 2006 relating to section 9 of that Act’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  13

 

Page  13,  line  41  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 



 
 

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Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  14

 

Page  14,  line  7  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  15

 

Page  14,  line  30  [Clause  9],  leave out ‘(subject to section 3(11) above)’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  16

 

Page  14,  line  34  [Clause  10],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  119

 

Page  14,  line  34  [Clause  10],  leave out ‘commencement of section 9 above’ and

 

insert ‘appointed day’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  120

 

Page  14,  line  43  [Clause  10],  leave out from ‘the’ to end of line 44 and insert

 

‘appointed day.

 

(4)    

In this section “the appointed day” means the day on which section 3A(1) to (5)

 

of the 1993 Act (as substituted by section 9 of this Act) come into force by virtue

 

of an order under section 78 of this Act.’.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  17

 

Page  15,  line  21  [Clause  11],  leave out subsection (9).

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  18

 

Page  15,  line  36  [Clause  11],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 


 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  19

 

Page  16,  line  2  [Clause  11],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  20

 

Page  16,  line  8  [Clause  11],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Hilary Armstrong

 

Agreed to  21

 

Page  16,  line  32  [Clause  13],  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.


 
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