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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Clark of Windermere Lord Clark of Windermere Labour 5:15 pm, 28th February 2011

I rise very briefly just to say that it is a very unusual experience to find that one of my co-signatories to an amendment is a government Minister and that I look forward to it happening more and more in the future. I say that in the spirit in which the amendment has been moved.

Both right reverend Prelates and all the other contributors to this debate have made the point that the general public's feeling towards the forest has been quite uncanny. The general public really do not discriminate between 85 and 15 per cent and the Government will have to think very carefully about how the 15 per cent is handled. However, that is a matter for another day. We are talking now specifically about Amendment 47-so we are talking about the big society, localism and the regional and advisory committees.

Amendment 47 agreed.

House resumed.