VAT on Air Ambulance Fuel Payments

Part of United Kingdom Borders – in the House of Commons at 5:41 pm on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Conservative, Penrith and The Border 5:41 pm, 11th July 2012

I warmly applaud the idea that there should be a strong focus on charitable fundraising, but the challenge we in Cumbria face is that the North West air ambulance is attempting to fundraise in exactly the same areas as the Great North air ambulance. They are both presenting themselves as the sole Cumbrian provider. We therefore have paid fundraisers fighting on the doorsteps, as it were, to get contributions from Cumbria’s very small population of 500,000 people. Does my hon. Friend agree that we will need a more disciplined approach to fundraising if these wonderful institutions are to flourish and survive?