Coram Foundation and Foundling Museum

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 17 December 2013 (WA 177), whether they have specified guidelines in respect of the final disposal of matters relating to the governance of the Foundling Museum; and when they expect the matter to be resolved by the Coram Foundation, the Foundling Museum and the Charity Commission.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office), Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The issues that have arisen between the Coram Foundation and the Foundling Museum are issues in respect of the interpretation of charity law and regulation by the Charity Commission. It is not a matter for Government. Any engagement by the Attorney General in respect of the matter is conducted by him independently of Government and in his public interest role as protector of charity.

The Coram Foundation and the Foundling Museum are in on-going discussions with each other about necessary changes to the governance arrangements which may now be required as a result of the Charity Commission's recommendations. The Commission is monitoring those discussions. However, tit is not possible to say when those discussions will have concluded.

The Attorney General expects that both charities and the Commission will seek his confirmation that he does not object to any proposed final disposal of the matter so that they may be reassured he will not seek to commence any proceedings in his own name.

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