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Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 1:11 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 1:11 pm, 11th June 2009

The hon. Lady was making an interesting point, just before she answered the intervention by my hon. Friend Jeremy Wright, about how both the cared-for and the carers are experts in the care required. Given that the Health Bill is about to go into Committee, and that some of the clauses that we will consider deal with direct payments—I rather hope that the hon. Lady will be asked to serve on that Committee—may I ask here whether any of her discussions this morning helped her to see that the extension of direct payments is one way in which those experts in their own care can have better control over the care that they receive? Did she think about how we might consider extending those direct payments?

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