HC Deb 02 March 1954 vol 524 c1005
47. Mr. Benn

asked the Prime Minister what advice Her Majesty's Government give before Royal Charters are granted to private organisations; and to what extent political organisations are debarred from receiving a charter.

The Prime Minister

The granting of charters is a matter for the Royal Prerogative, exercised on the advice of the Privy Council. It would not be appropriate to give the reasons for a decision in any particular case. It would, of course, be contrary to established practice for a charter to be granted to a political organisation.

Mr. Benn

Would the right hon. Gentleman convey that very full answer to the Boy Scouts Association?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. I shall leave information to be disseminated by the usual channels. I think, myself, that it would be a great pity to deprive the Boy Scouts of their charter because of a single Communist who has been dismissed from their ranks.