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Charities Bill

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the proposed Charities Bill. [116820]

The Strategy Unit Report is a report to Government and does not represent settled Government Policy. Home Office officials have now completed their analysis of the responses for which the Home Office has responsibility. It is the Government's intention to publish during the summer a summary of the responses to the consultation and an indication as to how the Government propose to take the review's recommendations forward.Where recommendations have commanded general support and do not:require legislation, we aim to move as quickly as possible to implement them, although some may first need further policy development work.However, legislation would be needed to give effect to many of the recommendations. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has given a commitment to publish a draft Charities Bill as soon as possible.