The Public Bodies Bill received its second reading - a general debate on all aspects of the Bill - in the House of Lords on Tuesday 9 November.
Lord Taylor of Holbeach, government spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, opened the debate.
The Bill aims to make a provision for conferring powers on ministers of the Crown in relation to certain public bodies and offices, to confer powers on Welsh ministers in relation to environmental public bodies, to make provision in relation to forestry, to make provision about amendment of Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972; and for connected purposes.
The date for the start of committee stage – line by line examination of the Bill – has yet to be confirmed.
The second reading of the Bill usually takes place two weeks after the first reading. The government minister or a senior spokesperson in the Lords for the government department responsible for the Bill opens the debate. Second reading provides the first opportunity for Members of the Lords to discuss the purpose of a Bill and its main principles.
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