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Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he plans to review the criteria for charitable status; and if he will make a statement. (194217)

The Charities Act 2006 provides a statutory definition of a charity in England and Wales. To be a charity, an organisation must be established for charitable purposes only and those purposes must be for the public benefit. The Government are committed to review the impact of the public benefit requirement within three years of its coming into force. There is also a statutory requirement for a review of the operation of the Act to be underway within five years of enactment, and for the report of that review to be presented to Parliament.