Clause 16 clarifies the process under which the LSC must publish, consult on and carry forward its proposals. A complete process is in place whereby local partners and others affected by its decisions can be consulted formally on the proposals and see the LSC’s decision-making process. I hope that that gives the hon. Gentleman the reassurance that he requires.
If the Secretary of State feels that the LSC has failed to discharge its duty to publish proposals or to carry out that consultation process, or that it is proposing to act unreasonably, he can issue directions. I hope that we have processes in place to ensure that there are opportunities for individuals to influence the LSC’s decisions through the publication of, and consultation on, its proposals, and a fall-back position if the LSC is deemed to have acted unreasonably or failed to discharge its duty.