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Part of Public Bodies Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 10:15 pm on 28th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat 10:15 pm, 28th March 2011

Before the noble Baroness leaves the issue of ethics, if the agency model is developed, which would have a separate ethics committee that I think most of us would accept, does she agree that it is not just simply the ethics of research that is important, it is also the ethnical decisions about developing clinical practice? The need for those to be kept together within the new agency is of paramount importance in order that there is public confidence. Without the setting up of the agency, there will be a huge gap that needs to be filled.