HC Deb 29 March 1994 vol 240 cc612-3W
Mr. Livingstone

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the charities involved in the complaints of improper political activity investigated by the Charity Commission since 1990; and what are the dates of the investigation, the nature of the complaint and the conclusion in each case.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

Since 1990 the Charity Commission has investigated 76 complaints concerning possible political or campaigning activity of which 24 have been upheld.

Formal reports have been published on two of these investigations: (i) "War on Want: Report of an Inquiry to the Charity Commissioners 15 February 1991" (ISBN 0–117–016128); and (ii) "Oxfam: Report of an Inquiry submitted to the Charity Commissioners 8 April 1991" (ISBN 0–117–016217). Both are available from HMSO. Full details on all 76 cases would be available only at disproportionate cost, but I will write to the hon. Member shortly with a summary based on those cases most recently concluded.