Schedule 9

Charities Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 13 July 2006.

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Repeals And Revocation

Amendments made: No. 188, in schedule 9, page 170, line 5, at beginning insert—

‘Police, Factories, &c. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 (c. 31)

In section 5(1), in paragraph (b) of the proviso, the words from “, and no representation” onwards.’.

No. 189, in schedule 9, page 170, line 18, column 2, at end insert—

‘In section 79, in subsection (6) the words “(subject to subsection (7))”, and subsection (7).’.

No. 190, in schedule 9, page 170, line 20, column 2, at end insert—

‘In Schedule 7, the entry relating to the Police, Factories, &c. (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1916 (c. 31).’.

No. 197, in schedule 9, page 170, leave out line 29.—[Edward Miliband.]

Question proposed, That schedule 9, as amended, be the Ninth schedule to the Bill.

Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

I shall not go through what was in schedule 9 before it was amended, but the Minister will notice that there are references to the Charities Acts 1992 and 1993, among others. Does he have any information to give the Committee about when the Charities Act will be consolidated? When he read from the Charities Act, he was reading from a text that had a commentary to go with it because of the number of amendments.

It would be helpful to know whether the Government plan to make the Charities Act accessible to others. Various other provisions, such as the Regulatory Reform (National Health Service Charitable and Non-Charitable Trust Accounts and Audit) Order 2005, are involved as well, but the key point is the Charities Act itself. After the Bill becomes an Act, one of the first things that the Government ought to do is to consolidate it so that it is accessible to those who are not necessarily lawyers with textbooks.

Photo of Ed Miliband Ed Miliband Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

I agree. It is an urgent task for us. After the Bill completes its passage, we hope to proceed as soon as possible.

Schedule 9, as amended, agreed to.