Pool Competitions

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:57 am on 14th July 1981.

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Photo of Mr John Hannam Mr John Hannam , Exeter 2:57 am, 14th July 1981

What I am trying to point out is that the percentage amounts which go to charities are clearly shown to the people who are contributing. The costs of administration of such a pool are high. That has to be accepted and admitted. However, I do not believe that those costs can be avoided. The charitable organisations with which I have been concerned have taken great pains to ensure that all the details of the costs are investigated and verified. I know that the hon. Member has expressed doubts. No doubt he will do so again in the debate. I felt that it was important to give some of the facts, which the charitable organisations are anxious should be made known to hon. Members.

Earlier tonight we heard of the problems caused to charities by VAT and inflation. I hope that it will be appreciated that this is an important order and that if we fail to pass it those charities will face a grave financial crisis. I hope that the order will receive the support of the House.