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New Clause 1 - Annual report

Part of Small Charitable Donations Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 30th October 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party 3:15 pm, 30th October 2012

My hon. Friend makes a good point. The purpose of an annual report or a review is to provide a trigger point for the House and the Treasury to recognise the difficulties inherent in the Bill, to begin further conversations about how to address concerns and to take appropriate action.

In support of new clauses 1 and 2, it is worth reflecting on what the Minister has said in recent sittings. On 23 October, in the sixth sitting, he said:

“The hon. Gentleman is right that the rules are complex”.

Later, he said:

“I readily admit that this part of the Bill is complex and that we do not know exactly how it will work until it comes into practice.”––[Official Report, Small Charitable Donations Public Bill Committee, 23 October 2012; c. 206-207.]

On 25 October, in the seventh sitting, he said that

“the very nature of trying to capture issues such as connectivity—whether it is here where we are dealing with charity, or in other laws where we are dealing with trusts—is complex.”––[Official Report, Small Charitable Donations Public Bill Committee, 25 October 2012; c. 225.]

I give those three examples to suggest that the Minister already recognises the complexity that he has had to defend.