Clause 2 — Meaning of "charitable purpose"

Part of Point of Order – in the House of Commons at 3:00 pm on 25th October 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight 3:00 pm, 25th October 2006

We are considering an eclectic group of amendments. I shall begin by briefly considering those tabled by Dr. Harris. He is clear about the beliefs that the amendments do not cover but unwilling to specify those that are covered. That worries me. There is a distinction between belief systems that are essentially non-rational and must therefore be subject to a light-touch public benefit test—I hope that that would happen—and those that are rational and therefore testable. A rational belief system is more testable than a non-rational belief system. It would be unfortunate to couple them under the same heading in clause 2.