HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 c95W
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. [75693]

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.

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