HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 c523W
Mr. Foulkes

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list all areas within(a) his Department, (b) agencies under his Department's control and (c) organisations for which he has ministerial responsibility to which Crown immunity applies; what consideration he has given to removing this; and if he will make a statement. [28646]

Mr. Lang

[holding answer 15 June 1995]: An Act of Parliament is presumed not to bind the Crown unless the contrary intention is clearly stated, or there is necessary implication that the Crown is to be bound. The Government's policy on Crown immunity—as set out in Cm 1599—"The Citizen's Charter—Raising the Standard"—is that Crown immunity is being progressively reduced, as legislative opportunities arise. In the meantime, Crown bodies are expected to behave as though they were bound by regulations.