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Charity Commission

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expertise in the education field the Charity Commission has; and what further training he expects to be made available to Charity Commission staff before it assumes responsibility for the supervision of trust schools. (68429)

[holding answer 8 May 2006]: I have been asked to reply.

The role of the Charity Commission as the regulator of charities in England and Wales is to secure compliance with charity law, to deal with abuse and poor practice, and to enable charities to work better within an effective legal, accounting and governance framework. In its work with charitable schools the Commission is concerned with the governors’ compliance with their legal obligations in exercising control and management of the school under charity law and it has substantial expertise in this area. The Commission is not competent to judge the quality and standard of education and care.