Off-patent Drugs Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:28 pm on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of Jonathan Evans Jonathan Evans Conservative, Cardiff North 12:28 pm, 7th November 2014

That is very helpful. I have always understood that a Second Reading debate is on the principle of the Bill; we then deal with the detail in Committee, and then we proceed to Report. Ever since I was first elected 22 years ago, that is how I have understood it to work. If my hon. Friend is saying, “We are not against the principle, but against the mechanism”, that is a reason to support the Bill on Second Reading and then to debate in Committee how we adjust it to take into account his concerns.