So, what does the Bill do? It grants extensive powers to Ministers to abolish, to merge, to modify the constitutional arrangements of, to modify the funding arrangements of, to modify or transfer the functions of, or to authorise delegation in respect of a very significant number and range of public bodies.
There is a catch, in that the majority of these bodies were created by statute, indeed some of them by Royal Charter, and the idea that they might be abolished or significantly altered in scope or function by ministerial order, rather than by legislative amendment and debate in Parliament, strikes at the notion that only Parliament may amend or repeal primary legislation.
And the organisations affected by the legislation are not a bunch known only to bureaucratic anoraks, they include such 'obscure' bodies as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Children's Commissioner, the Competition Commission, the Health and Safety Executive and Passenger Focus.
So I think that we have a right to be concerned when the Select Committee concludes;
"We fail to see why such parliamentary debate and deliberation should be denied to proposals now to abolish or to redesign such bodies."
They intend to closely monitor the progress of the Bill. I suggest that we ought to as well...