§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations cover the use by health authorities of charity donations for Health Service funding.
§ Mr. Freeman
The management and use of NHS trust funds is a matter for the appointed trustees in accordance with general trust and charity law. Health authorities have powers under sections 90 to 96 of the National Health Service Act 1977 (as amended) to accept, hold and administer any property on trust for all or any purposes relating to the Health Service and to engage in fund-raising activities for providing or improving any services.846W
Guidance to health authorities on the extent and use of fundraising powers and the management and accounting for trust funds is set out in health circulars HC (80)11 and HC (85)6.