Clause 2 — Meaning of "charitable purpose"

Part of Point of Order – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 25th October 2006.

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Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) 3:30 pm, 25th October 2006

The hon. Gentleman makes an important point that, although I do not agree with it, is hard to refute. The reference to the promotion of health is really a flag to make it clear that health is an entry point for sports to prove that they can promote the public benefit. If we removed all references to a definition of sport, as was proposed in Committee, or adopted the approach of the hon. Member for Woking, in effect we would be in the same position because the established law—such as it is—focuses on health. However, we would give the impression to lots of sports that they were suddenly going to be covered by the legislation, when that would not be so. I agree that this is a complex point, and I hope that Mr. Bone will accept my assurances.