Part of Orders of the Day — Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:01 pm on 25 January 1996.

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Photo of John Horam John Horam , Orpington 7:01, 25 January 1996

I well understand the hon. Gentleman's point. Indeed, it was made with great strength and clarity in Committee. I said then what we could hope to do and I talked to the commissioner, Mr. Reid, about it. As a result, he wrote the letter.

In the light of the general concern in the House and in the Committee, I am prepared to take the matter a stage further—as a response to the amendment and the hon. Gentleman's comments. I will ask the commissioner to consider further his practice and invite the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration to look into, not only the question of the health commissioner, but that of the parliamentary commissioner—perhaps a larger part of the total framework—and decide whether it is fully satisfied that the procedures that the commissioner has outlined are totally correct, and whether it should seriously consider moving towards the hon. Gentleman's suggestions and those made in Committee. Allowing a senior, important Committee of the House to consider the matter fully will take it forward in the appropriate way.