The charitable incorporated organisation, a new legal form for charities that was created by the 2006 Charities Act, will come into force early next year, according to Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.
Answering a written parliamentary question, he said secondary legislation to bring CIOs into force would be put before Parliament "with a view to the first charitable incorporated organisations being established from spring 2011."
Under the CIO model, charities would be able to have limited liability without the need to register as companies and file accounts with Companies House.
Hurd said:"I have yet to agree the implementation timetable, but the availability of the charitable incorporated organisation model for existing charities will have to be phased in over time to help manage the expected demand."
An Office for Civil Society spokesman said the OCS would draft the legislation. He said an implementation period would be set out in due course, but was unable to provide any further information.