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Charities: The Goodman Report

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 11 December 1980

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they propose to introduce legislation to implement some of the more urgent recommendations of the Goodman Report on Charities before 1984.

The Government's reply to the Report of the House of Commons Expenditure Committee on the Charity Commissioners and their Accountability was announced on 24th January 1980, and I repeated the announcement in the reply I gave on 4th February to a Question from the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of London. My right honourable friend the Home Secretary explained that the Government had taken account at the same time of the recommendations of the independent Committee on Charity Law and Voluntary Organisations under the chairmanship of the noble Lord, Lord Goodman, but had concluded that there was at present no need for changes in the law on charitable status or in the administrative practices relating to charities. The Goodman Committee also recommended fiscal changes. The Finance Act 1980 gave effect to a number of these recommendations.