Public Bodies Bill: reforming the public bodies of the Ministry of Justice

Closed 11 Oct 2011

Opened 12 Jul 2011

Results updated 12 Apr 2013

This is the consultation response for the consultation paper, 'Consultation on reforms proposed in the Public Bodies Bill' which was published on 12 July 2011 and closed on 11 October 2011.

The department received 2,742 responses. The response paper confirms the Ministry of Justice's intentions to abolish:

  • The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
  • Courts Boards
  • The Crown Court Rule Committee
  • HM Inspectorate of Court Administration
  • The Magistrates’ Courts Rule Committee
  • The Public Guardian Board
  • To transfer functions in relation to:
    Public Record Office, HM Stationery Office, Keeper of Public Records and the Advisory Council on Public Records (providing for the transfer functions to The Public Record Office, which it is intended to rename The National Archives)



This consultation sets out, and seeks views on, proposals for reform relating to the majority of Ministry of Justice bodies in the Public Bodies Bill.

The consultation is aimed particularly at those statutory consultees listed in Clause 10 of the Bill but views are welcomed from others who may have an interest in public bodies reform in the Ministry of Justice.


  • Businesses
  • Citizens
  • Claims management services
  • Coroners
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Local authorities
  • Youth workers
  • Litigants
  • Young people
  • Charities


  • Public Bodies