Press Notice 26, Session 2007-08

20 March 2008


The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) will next week hear evidence on the extent to which charities should be able to campaign and take part in political activity. The session follows the publication of new guidance by the Charity Commission earlier this month, which seeks to help charity trustees “to have a strong and assertive voice”.

The three witnesses will be:

  • Greg Clark MP, the Shadow Minister for Charities, who has expressed concern that the Charity Commission has given “way to partisan pressure to open the door to political pressure groups becoming charities”,
  • Brian Lamb OBE, the Director of Communications at the Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID), who has been largely supportive of the new guidance, and
  • Ian Leggett, Director of People and Planet, who views the guidance as only “a step in the right direction”.

The evidence session will take place on Wednesday 26 March at 2.15 pm in the Wilson Room,  Portcullis House.

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Committee Membership: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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