This is entry No.8, first published on 30 November, of a blog on Public Bodies Reform Click here to view the whole blog.
Day 2 of the debate saw clause 1 agreed to and a start made on debating amendments tabled to Schedule 1 (bodies subject to abolition).
There was one division, on an amendment (No.17) moved by Lord Borrie which was aimed at preserving the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC), and which was lost with the Government prevailing by 156 votes to 147. The AJTC is the successor to the Council on Tribunals established in 1958 on the recommendation of the much lauded Franks committee that led to the establishment of our independent tribunal system. Lord Borrie was supported, in seeking its continuance as an independent body, by Lord Newton of Braintree (its former chair), Lord LLoyd of Berwick, Lord Howe of Aberavon, Lord Pannick and Baroness Scotland but to no avail. Lord Taylor for the Government insisted that its role can now be fulfilled by the Ministry of Justice.
The only other bodies to be the subject of specific debate were the Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, both of which Lord Whitty sought to have removed from the ambit of Schedule 1. Lord Henley made clear that these are now surplus to requirements so far as the government is concerned and are to be replaced by departmental expert scientific committees.
There were no substantive concessions made by the Government during the debate which will now continue on Wednesday 1 December. For the full record of Monday's debate see here.
Here is an Amendment Scorecard:
Amendments agreed: No.1
Amendments disagreed: No.17
Amendments not moved: Nos. 5, 9-14, 16 and 16A.
Amendments withdrawn: Nos. 2, 3A, 3B and 4, 6, 7A, 8, 15 and 18.