HC Deb 28 March 1957 vol 567 cc1329-30
28. Miss Herbison

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the examination of the effects of the decision on the case of Baddeley and Others v. Commissioners of Inland Revenue has been completed.

Mr. Powell

The examination of this question is now well advanced, but I regret that the conclusions cannot yet be announced.

Miss Herbison

Is the Minister aware that on 29th November, 1956, his predecessor assured me that he recognised the urgency of this matter? Is he also aware that the Glenboig Old People's Welfare Committee, and many committees like it throughout the country, which do wonderful work in bringing happiness to old people and easing their loneliness, are urgently awaiting this decision in order that they may be given charitable status?

Mr. Powell

I recognise the urgency, but this is an extremely complex legal matter and it is necessary to ensure that all aspects of it are studied before it is dealt with.

Sir I. Horobin

In view of the immense issues at stake in this most unfortunate reactionary legal decision, which cover almost the whole field of the voluntary social services, could my hon. Friend say whether, before the Government have finally made up their mind on any measures they may propose to the House, the Chancellor of the Exchequer would be prepared at an early date to receive a deputation from the national bodies in the charitable world so that they may express their views?

Mr. Powell

Yes, Sir. I am sure that such a deputation would be received either by my right hon. Friend or by such of his colleagues as might be the most appropriate Minister.