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Charities

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 27 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many charities were removed from the Register of Charities, broken down by reason for removal, in the last three years for which figures are available. (249554)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. I have asked the commission to reply.

Letter from Andrew Hind, dated 21 January 2009:

As the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, I have been asked to respond to your written Parliamentary Question on the number of charities removed from the Register of Charities in the last three years for which figures are available and to give the reasons for such removals.

The table below provides details of the charities removed from the Register of Charities in the last three financial years.

Reason for removal

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total

Ceased to exist or operate due to merger, incorporation or transfer of funds

1,592

1,725

1,436

4,753

Ceased to exist or operate for other reasons

3,344

2,691

3,270

9,305

Voluntary removal of charities below the minimum registration threshold

28

8

245

281

Duplicate registrations and other corrections

174

152

122

448

Total

5,138

4,576

5,073

14,787

During the current financial year the Commission has introduced new measures to identify charities that have ceased to operate and where appropriate remove them from the Register. This is expected to result in an increase in the number of charities removed from the Register in the current year and several thereafter.