Clause 2 — Meaning of "charitable purpose"

Part of Point of Order – in the House of Commons at 2:45 pm on 25th October 2006.

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Does the hon. Gentleman accept that there is a further test—that the purposes

"may reasonably be regarded as analogous"?

Why should humanism be treated like that just in this Bill, when Buddhism is not, simply because it is a religious belief? There is nothing innate about Buddhism that means that it should not have to go through the hoops of the extra test for non-religious beliefs. The hon. Gentleman thinks that the extra test for non-religious beliefs is straightforward, but practice has shown that it might not be.