Report (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 7:45 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat 7:45 pm, 6th March 2012

My Lords, I thank the Minister for what he said. I recognise that it is not easy to take away a piece of architecture that the Government had thought was necessary. I believe that the piece of architecture effectively fell away with the Future Forum report. I do not at all recognise his description of me as "vocal" in any circumstances.

As to the Opposition and the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, I recognise that it is a bit difficult to acknowledge on the Floor of the House that the Government today made many concessions in collaboration with these Benches. I will promise to be gracious-if the noble Baroness is listening-about the role that she played in tabling these amendments in Committee if she will cease to be ungracious on Twitter about the achievements of, and amendments to, the Bill. I beg to move.

Amendment 186 agreed.

Clause 79 : Reviews under section 78: powers of investigation

Amendment 187

Moved by Lord Clement-Jones

187: Clause 79, leave out Clause 79

Amendment 187 agreed.

Clause 80 : Reviews under section 78: considerations relevant to publication

Amendment 188

Moved by Lord Clement-Jones

188: Clause 80, leave out Clause 80

Amendment 188 agreed.

Amendment 189 had been withdrawn from the Marshalled List.

Sitting suspended.

Clause 87 : Licensing criteria

Amendment 190

Moved by Earl Howe

190: Clause 87, page 104, line 36, leave out subsection (3) and insert-

"(3) Monitor may not set or revise the criteria unless the Secretary of State has by order approved the criteria or (as the case may be) revised criteria."