§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for altering the charitable status of hospitals and other medical facilities outside the NHS. 
§ Beverley Hughes
The Strategy Unit report "Private Action, Public Benefit", published on 25 September 2002, recommends to Government that charitable status be redefined in a way that includes the advancement of health as a charitable purpose.
None of the objects currently recognised as charitable would be excluded in the new definition. The Government is currently consulting on the proposals.