HC Deb 28 October 1992 vol 212 c650W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures the Charity Commission uses when deciding whether or not to register charities formed to assist with specific disasters and emergencies and which require accelerated registration procedures to enable them to operate in good time; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Jack

In deciding whether to register an organisation as a charity the Charity Commissioners consider whether the object for which the organisation is established are exclusively charitable in law, accurately reflect the intended activities of the organisation and whether the activities proposed are acceptable for a body with charitable status.

Where it is strongly represented to the commissioners by the promoters of an organisation, which is formed to assist with a specific disaster or emergency, that any degree of delay in registering the charity would be harmful to the intended beneficiaries, the commissioners give priority consideration to that application for registration.