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Amateur Sports Clubs: Charitable Status

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:43 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Lord Monro of Langholm Lord Monro of Langholm Conservative 2:43 pm, 30th April 2002

My Lords, does the Minister recognise that all that glitters is not gold? Does he realise that becoming a charity costs the average amateur sports club between £3,000 and £5,000? Is he aware that the Scottish Charity Commissioners do not recognise the guidance given by the Charity Commission and that, as this is not a devolved matter, he should be able to answer for what happens in Scotland? Is he also aware that clubs would have to split profit-making activities, such as their bars and shops, away from the playing activities, but that that would be almost impossible for the average amateur sports club to do? Would it not be much easier to give a mandatory rate relief and call it a day?