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Charity Commission: Criminal Prosecutions

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 29 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many criminal prosecutions were brought by the Charity Commission for each of the last three years for which figures are available; and, of those cases, how many gave rise to a conviction. [HL1394]

The Charity Commission is not a prosecutory body and so cannot bring criminal prosecutions, nor refer matters direct to the Criminal Prosecution Service. If the commission discovers evidence of suspected criminal activity within or relating to charities, it passes these to the police and other law enforcement agencies to consider and take forward. To facilitate this, the commission has, and continues to develop strong working relationships with the police and other relevant bodies.