Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:45 pm on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Crossbench 10:45 pm, 27th February 2012

I thank the Minister, not only for giving me double reassurance in this debate, but also for the work that I know he has done personally to ensure strengthening of the research duty in the Bill in the first place. I also thank all noble Lords who took part in this debate. I withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 60A withdrawn.

Amendment 61

Moved by Earl Howe

61: Clause 22, page 19, line 16, at end insert-

"13LA Duty as to promoting education and training

The Board must, in exercising its functions, have regard to the need to promote education and training for the persons mentioned in section 1E(1) so as to assist the Secretary of State in the discharge of the duty under that section."

Amendment 61 agreed.

Amendments 62 to 63A not moved.

Amendment 64 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Amendment 64ZA not moved.

Amendment 64A

Moved by Lord Mawson

64A: Clause 22, page 20, line 24, at end insert-

"13OA Duty to have regard to the voluntary and social enterprise sector

(1) In exercising its functions, the Board must, so far as it is consistent with the interests of the health service, act with a view to ensuring that competition does not disadvantage the voluntary and social enterprise sectors.

(2) The Board may take specific action to support the development, including capacity building, of the voluntary sector, social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals as it considers appropriate.

(3) Any action the Board takes in subsection (2) shall only be such that a level playing field between providers is achieved and maintained, meaning that one sector of provision is not more disadvantaged than another and the relative benefits of each form of organisation can be taken into account."