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Charities: Fraud

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the statement of the Parliamentary Secretary in Westminster Hall on 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 324WH, what date has been set for a meeting of stakeholders to discuss bogus charity collection companies. (141499)

Since the debate, the issues have been discussed with Clothes Aid and other stakeholders. These include the Crown Prosecution Service, the Trading Standards Institute, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Office of Fair Trading, the Charity Commission, the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services and the Association of Chief Police Officers, who have agreed to write to all chief constables to raise awareness of the issues relating to bogus charity collections and theft of charity donations.

Following these discussions with officials from the Office of the Third Sector, on June 18, we will be bringing together the key stakeholders and representatives of the sector to agree the next steps.