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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will set out briefly the principal differences of the law governing charities in Ulster from that in England and Wales.

The principles of the law relating to charities in Northern Ireland are broadly the same as in England and Wales. The most important differences, in practice, are that (1) in England and Wales the Charity Commission is the charity authority, whereas in Northern Ireland the Department of Finance discharges that function with powers similar to those of the commissioners, and (2) there is no provision for the registration of charities in Northern Ireland.