§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what matters he is prepared to answer questions with regard to the functions of the residuary bodies.
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
Residuary bodies are non-departmental public bodies whose main line of accountability is to Parliament through the Secretary of State, and I will, of course, answer questions on all matters relevant to my ministerial responsibilities in relation to 413W them. The main powers and controls which I exercise in relation to residuary bodies were listed, and amplified in part, in the answer given to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West (Mr. Banks) on 21 April, at column 65–67. In accordance with the normal practice relating to non-departmental public bodies, questions on their day-to-day management should be referred to the residuary bodies themselves.