HC Deb 23 July 2004 vol 424 c838W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to change the charitable status of universities. [184964]

Fiona Mactaggart

The Government intend, as set out in the Draft Charities Bill, that the Higher Education Funding Council for England would regulate English universities in regard to Charity Law. The regulation of Welsh universities has not been fully decided although they would also be regulated in regard to Charity Law. This is a change in regulation, not in charitable status, and universities will remain charities.