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Public Bodies Bill, 23/11/10 [E/NI/S/W]

The First Committee day in the House of Lords for the Public Bodies Bill took place on 23 November 2010.

Amendments relate to the way in which the Bill will allow ministers to make changes to or abolish public bodies (i.e. quangos) by order, rather than having to revisit the legislative framework surrounding each and debate each decision in Parliament. Each order will be presented in draft with an explanatory paper setting out the reasons for making the order. Each draft order will be subject to 60 days parliamentary consideration, first by a Committee of each House, then to each House.

One amendment seeks to restrict ministerial powers in relation to bodies that have a human rights function, such as the Office of the Children's Commissioner and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), or those that have a judicial function.

For full details see the House of Lords Hansard 23 November 2010 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Lords Hansard 23 November 2010