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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Bichard Lord Bichard Crossbench 3:45 pm, 28th February 2011

My Lords, I have a slightly broader question for the Minister. What discussions have taken place between the Cabinet Office, the Treasury and the Office for National Statistics on what actions current NDPBs need to take in order to shed that status? I declare an interest as chairman of the Design Council, an organisation that is enthusiastically seeking to shed NDPB status and become a charity. A degree of frustration is already arising that this is not as easy as it appears on the face of it. If this frustration is being experienced by a number of similar organisations, it would be helpful if this could be clarified as soon as possible.