Tag Archive for Public Bodies Bill

Making the news

Lord Norton

The media last Thursday tended to concentrate on the publication of the Constitution Committee’s report on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill rather than on the Lord Chief Justice’s appearance before the committee the previous day.  However, on Friday, The Guardian carried a report on his Lordship’s evidence.  It focused on his criticisms of Schedule 7 of the…

Lord Chief Justice on the Public Bodies Bill

Lord Norton

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, appeared before the Constitution Committee this morning.  It was a very revealing session.  Lord Judge, in a dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges at the Mansion House in July, said that “my deepest concern at the moment is directed to the increased use of what are described as Henry VIII…

Another Government defeat

Lord Norton

The Government have suffered another defeat, this time on the Public Bodies Bill.  Earlier today, Lord Lester of Herne Hill moved a pavement amendment for a later amendment to limit ministerial powers.  In the light of the minister’s assurance that he would look again at the issue, Lord Lester sought to withdraw his amendment but…

Voting behaviour in the House

Lord Norton

There was a vote in the House on Wednesday on an amendment to the Identity Documents Bill moved by Lord Hunt of King’s Heath, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.  The Conservative and Liberal Democrat peers who voted (178) outnumbered Labour peers (162).  However, the amendment was carried by 220 votes to 188.   The Government defeat…

Government versus Parliament

Lord Soley

There are two Bills before the House which give me cause for concern. The Public Bodies Bill gives excessive power to Ministers and is discussed in several posts below. The main problem is that Ministers want to take powers that enable them to wind up, merge, change staff or sell off QUANGOS without proper Parliamentary…