Further written evidence to be reported to the House
Health and Social Care Bill
Stephen O'Brien (Shadow Minister, Health; Eddisbury, Conservative)
On a point of order, Mr. Conway. I thank the Minister for his two letters that we have received this morning, one on the cost of the new commission and one on complaints handling, which relate to an undertaking given in our proceedings. However, I was a bit disappointed that, while the second letter on complaints identified my question about the backlog of complaints—column 123 of the Official Report—it did not contain the figures. It stated merely that the backlog has now reduced significantly and the Healthcare Commission is now meeting the service level agreement target agreed with the Department of Health to close 95 per cent. of cases within 12 months. I should be grateful to receive the figures in respect of the backlog. Given that we may be debating schedule 5, depending on progress, either today or Tuesday, I should appreciate the Minister providing us with those figures during this morning’s sitting. I ask him, through you, Mr. Conway, whether that might be possible.
Derek Conway (Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)
Fortunately, Chairmen of Public Bill Committees are not responsible for the content of ministerial replies. That is a great relief to us all. I am sure that the Minister may want to refer to the matter during this morning’s proceedings, but it is not a point of order for the Chair. I am sure that he will deal with it in due course.