Report (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:30 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) 5:30 pm, 6th March 2012

My Lords, I do indeed recall the debates that we had during one of the many health and social care Bills that have gone through your Lordships' House in the past few years. It was indeed Lord Weatherill who raised the issue with me. Essentially, it was about standards in nursing homes where there was some concern that an insensitive regulator would take action against a home that was actually respecting the wishes of a member of the Christian Science religion. We were able to reach a satisfactory solution. An appropriate amendment was put forward and I think the noble Earl, Lord Howe, was also part of what I like to think of as the "second Weatherill agreement". We may need another one in a couple of years' time-who knows? I ask the Government for an assurance that the position that we then agreed will continue under the new Bill.