NHS Commissioning Board

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 1:15 pm on 5th March 2013.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health 1:15 pm, 5th March 2013

I made clear during Health questions last week that I was anxious to ensure that the regulations faithfully implemented the commitments that had been given in the other place during the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, and indeed we have worked since then to ensure that the regulations achieve that. I believe that we need to make absolutely clear that clinical commissioning groups will not be forced into competitive tendering, which is why we are amending the regulations. That is entirely sensible and entirely rational.