Report (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Campbell of Alloway Lord Campbell of Alloway Conservative 3:15 pm, 6th March 2012

My Lords, I would like to raise the matter of the process of putting in statute what in the ordinary course of events should be put in subordinate legislation by regulations or whatever. If you read the amendment carefully, it is a very wide command involving four assessments of individuals' needs. I am not at all criticising what is sought, but I ask for it to be considered that the amendment would open a large gateway of legal challenge to the Secretary of State that would not exist if this were not put into statute. This question is concerned with finance at a time when finance need not be referred to again.