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 Goodhart Lord Goodhart Liberal Democrat 3:15 pm, 28th February 2011

My Lords, I am extremely grateful to my noble friend Lord Taylor of Holbeach for informing us of the removal of Schedule 7 and Clause 11. I was seriously concerned about this matter because I was until the general election the chairman of the Delegated Powers Committee, and I think I am its only surviving former chairman. As it was drafted, the Bill gave power in Schedule 7 and Clause 11 for the Government to do all sorts of things whenever they decided to do so. It was entirely uncertain, and whenever I looked at it I saw in my mind the quotation from King Lear:

"I will do such things, what they are yet I know not, but they shall be the terrors of the earth".

What is now proposed is broadly within the standards recognised by your Lordships' House for delegated powers and I am very pleased that this difficulty is over. It will cut a very substantial amount of time from what we would have expected.