Public Bodies Bill [HL] — Committee (7th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Maclennan of Rogart Lord Maclennan of Rogart Liberal Democrat 3:15 pm, 28th February 2011

My Lords, I add my thanks to my noble friend Lord Taylor for the dedicated way in which he has applied himself to considering the criticisms of the Bill that were made during the earlier stages of debate. I congratulate him on the generous way in which he has involved Members not only of the coalition but of the Opposition in the dialogue, which has unquestionably moved towards much more coherent and democratic procedures for winding up bodies which are past their sell-by date. This has exemplified the maxim of John Stuart Mill that the best government is government by discussion. I strongly welcome the approach and hope that it will continue until the Bill is enacted.