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Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the (a) grant to and (b) use by registered charities of funding from his Department for the purposes of advocacy, lobbying or campaigning; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The Department makes payments to various third sector organisations, including voluntary and community groups and registered charities. Grant agreements contain standard terms and conditions which prohibit using the grant to fund certain activities. These include activities which may be party-political in intention, use or presentation or general lobbying on behalf of the recipient. Potential breaches are investigated and appropriate action taken where necessary.

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