Clause 127

Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 24th January 2008.

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Northern Ireland: health in pregnancy grant to be excepted matter

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

The clause makes the health and pregnancy grant an excepted matter, and therefore outside the competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly. As we are discussing a matter that is applicable to England and, through the auspices of Welsh Ministers, in Wales, with a reference to Scotland from time to time, will the Minister tell us when pregnant mothers in Northern Ireland might expect to have the same opportunities and be under the same protection, in terms of their health and that of their unborn babies?

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is the same system as applies to child benefit in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Assembly has approved the legislative motion for the Bill, including the health and pregnancy grant.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 127 ordered to stand part of the Bill.