Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 10th November 2003.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Conservative 7:00 pm, 10th November 2003

My Lords, I would feel happier if the wording were less open-ended than it is. The wording is not qualified in any way. I was of course glad to hear the Minister say that if there were a crisis of confidence of some kind, such as Alder Hay, CHAI would normally set about the task of looking into those matters of its own accord. I still question whether the Secretary of State needs a power to instruct CHAI, but I shall not press the matter further. I hope and believe that the clause will be read in conjunction with the Minister's helpful remarks. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.