National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill
Lord Peyton of Yeovil (Conservative)
My Lords, I am most grateful to the Minister. He has just mentioned a "backstop power". That is one of those phrases which always leaves behind frayed nerve endings. Obviously it is very difficult for the occupants of the Government Front Bench to envisage the possibility of someone other than themselves—someone not as wise, not as patient, not as perceptive, not as sensitive—doing rough and stupid things. That is what worries noble Lords on this side of the House.
However, I have to tell the Minister that my confidence in him is far greater than any confidence I may have in his Secretary of State.