Reviews of the operation of this Act

Part of Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:30 pm on 5 January 2016.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 7:30, 5 January 2016

This is a review clause. We took on board the concerns raised in the other place that five years would be too long before the first review, and we have debated some of those concerns today. We amended the Bill so that the first review will have to start within three years of enactment and conclude within a year. Subsequent reviews will have to take place every five years. All the reviews will be reported to Parliament.

We must remember that the Charity Commission estimates that some of the new powers might only be exercised once or twice a year, so allowing time for the development and publication of guidance and, in some cases, public consultation before the provision can be commenced means that for some of the powers there may be a limited evidence base for the first review after three years. Nevertheless, this is a sensible provision that will enable us to determine whether the Bill has achieved its aims, and I commend it to the Committee.