The fifth day of the committee stage – line by line examination – of the Public Bodies Bill took place in the Lords on Tuesday 21 December.
Scrutiny of Schedule 1, which lists the bodies and offices that will face being abolished should the Bill become law, continued. Members of the Lords debated proposals to amend Schedule 1 to exclude the following from the list:
The amendments were unsuccessful and the bodies remain part of Schedule 1.
Public Bodies Bill committee stage: day four
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff introduced amendment 26 to Schedule 1: Power to abolish: bodies and offices. Baroness Finlay said the amendment sought to ensure that the appointment the chief coroner, a post created by the Coroner and Justice Act 2009, was ‘not abandoned.’
The House agreed to the amendment by 277 votes to 165 – the second defeat for the government on this Bill.
Proposals for amendments to a Bill are published in a marshalled list of amendments one day before the Bill stage takes place.
The Public Bodies Bill grants new powers to allow Ministers to abolish, merge or transfer functions of public bodies.