HC Deb 22 January 1998 vol 304 c640W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's proposals to reform general taxation on charities. [23098]

Dawn Primarolo

The Chancellor announced a review of the taxation of charities on 2 July 1997. In the first phase of the review people were invited to contribute their views on how to improve the taxation system for charities, by 1 December 1997. The Government received almost two and a half thousand responses. The issues raised were interesting and wide ranging. My officials are currently engaged in a detailed evaluation of these replies. I hope to publish a Consultation document in the spring setting out the issues that we think deserve to be considered further. A further consultation period will follow thereafter.