Charities Bill [HL]
Lord Phillips of Sudbury (Spokesperson in the Lords (Id Cards & Charities Bill), Home Affairs; Liberal Democrat)
My Lords, I largely agree with what the noble Lord, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots, has just said. There are a few cases where the Association of Charitable Trusts has pursued this with great tenacity. I hope that the Minister will encourage us in the belief that the Charity Commission might be more wary of what goes on after managers and receivers have been appointed because there are some bad cases.
In an extreme case, where there has been a breach of trust by one of the trustees of the charity, the costs of the manager or receiver would—in theory, at any rate—be recoverable against the trustees that, by their breach of trust, have given rise to the appointment.