Health and Social Care Bill — Report (1st Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:00 pm on 8th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Crossbench 10:00 pm, 8th February 2012

My Lords, I, too, put my name to the amendments in Committee that have helped to precipitate this very welcome government amendment and the support of the Minister. I do not want to repeat what has already been said but I want to make one point: we in the House of Lords have worked hard to promote the importance of research in the NHS, and we will take a strong interest in the mechanisms that I am sure the Minister will describe in a moment, and indeed later on Report, to see how this duty will be promoted and evaluated. There are also important mechanisms in this House through the Science and Technology Committee, and I hope that many of the noble Lords who are on that committee will bear that in mind when it comes to looking at how this welcome duty is put into practice.