Lord Hope appointed chair of draft Protection of Charities Bill committee

The crossbench peer will lead the panel of parliamentarians taking evidence on the bill, which is designed to give tougher powers to the Charity Commission

Lord Hope of Craighead
Lord Hope of Craighead

The crossbench peer Lord Hope of Craighead has been appointed chair of the new committee that will take evidence on the draft Protection of Charities Bill.

Hope, a former deputy president of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, was selected as chair at the committee’s first meeting in Westminster yesterday.

The committee will take written and oral evidence on the bill, which is designed to give tougher powers to the Charity Commission, such as the ability to disqualify from being charity trustees people the regulator considers unfit.

The committee, which is made up of six MPs and six peers, is expected this month to issue a call for written evidence on the bill before holding a number of oral evidence sessions.

It is due to publish recommendations on the bill by 28 February.

Other members of the committee include Nick Hurd, the former Minister for Civil Society, Bernard Jenkin, chair of the commons Public Administration Select Committee, and the Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, who carried out the review of the Charities Act 2006.

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