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Music on Fire Event

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department received for the Army Benevolent Fund’s use of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the Music on Fire event in September. (101055)

The contract drawn up between the MOD and the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF), for hosting the Music on Fire event at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 22, 23 and 24 September 2006, states that the charge will be either 15 per cent. of the net profit from the event or the direct costs to the MOD, whichever is the greater. An invoice has not been presented to the ABF, as their accounts for this event are still to be presented.

Under Government Finance Accounting regulations, there are no special arrangements for the treatment of charities, whether service or other. The fact that a charity is to be the main beneficiary of a good or service is not sufficient justification to introduce a special charging regime or to set charges aside.