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Charity Commission

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what response the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission is making to the letter sent to him by Professor Leon Poller on 16 June about irregularities in the notification to members of an election meeting of the charity they were entitled to attend; and, in furtherance of the Commission’s duties to enhance good governance of charities, what action the Commission has taken or will be taking to rectify the consequences of such irregularities in relation to the election, and otherwise. [HL4485]

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

Letter from Andrew Hind, chief executive of the Charity Commission, to Lord Morris, dated June 2009.

As the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, I have been asked to respond to your Written Parliamentary Question.

Professor Poller’s letter of 16 June related to an allegation that he believed had been made to the Charity Commission about the payment of membership subscriptions to a charity. This allegation apparently suggested that certain named individuals had not paid their subscription to this charity in 2008. We responded on 19 June to confirm that no such allegation had been made to us.

Professor Poller has also corresponded with us about the election meeting held in May 2009. We have looked into his allegation that some members of the charity had not received the notification of the AGM that they were entitled to. We have provided Professor Poller with a full response and we have asked his permission to disclose this to you. If that is forthcoming then I will write to you with the copies.

I hope this is helpful.