Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:00 pm on 16th October 2003.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Conservative 12:00 pm, 16th October 2003

The noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, need not worry; my second amendment was very much in the nature of a probe. To my delight, the Minister has satisfied me in every respect on that matter.

There is no argument between us about the need for data collection, providing that the data are necessary. My concern is about the regulatory burden. The Minister has satisfied me on that, in large measure. My fear is, for example, that non-foundation trusts could find themselves submitting information to strategic health authorities, as well as to the regulator. However, it appears, in the light of what the Minister told us about the way in which the power will be used, that that would be unlikely and that the regulator will seek to avoid doing it.

It has been a helpful exchange. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.