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Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Shadow Minister (Health) 1:30 pm, 11th June 2009

Absolutely. I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention, which I should like to use to ask the Minister to indicate the extent to which carers' needs will be considered in the Green Paper, because that is so crucial to the wider issue.

We must have a timetable, but I reiterate what I said in the debate a few weeks ago. We cannot accept the reform of benefits for carers under the umbrella of benefit simplification. That will mean waiting too long. Carers cannot wait for a wider review of the benefits system. That work will be important, but carers need to be considered separately and sooner, because as Jeremy Wright said, the cost implications of not doing anything are huge.

It is a pleasure to speak in this debate and to point out the huge contribution that carers make. However, may I leave the Minister with this thought: can he give us an indication of when, before this Government leave office, he will put that timetable in place?

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