HC Deb 02 April 1968 vol 762 c166
32. Mr. Hooley

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will re-examine the impact of Selective Employment Tax on voluntary non-profit-making bodies which cannot secure recognition as charities.

Mr. Diamond

No, Sir. To give relief to bodies within this group would create insuperable difficulties of definition.

Mr. Hooley

This tax was a savage blow at many voluntary bodies and the increase will cause additional difficulties. Could not my right hon. Friend consider devising a system under which certification of exemption might be granted by appropriate Government Departments to those bodies which cannot satisfy the esoteric and queer criteria laid down by the Charity Commissioners?

Mr. Diamond

Such a form of certification is given by the Charity Commissioners. If they are unable to certify that a voluntary body is a charity, there must be very good reason for it.