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The Public Bodies Bill [HL] had its second reading in the Commons on 12 July 2011, having passed through all its Lords stages. Research Paper 11/50 Public Bodies Bill [HL] sets out the background to the Bill and the amendments passed during the Lords stages. The Bill had 8 sittings in Public Bill Committee, ending on 13 October 2011. The latest version of the Bill is Bill 234 of 2010-12. This Note refers to the version of the Bill which was debated by the Committee, of 2010-12 which is Bill 188. A version of the Bill which highlights the changes made in Committee is available on the Bill page. The Public Bodies Bill has had its third reading in the Commons on 25 October and the Commons amendments were debated in the Lords on 23 November 2011. The Government retained the Chief Coroner and the Youth Justice Board.


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