Committee (6th Day)

Part of Care Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 16th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Lipsey Lord Lipsey Labour 7:00 pm, 16th July 2013

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, which was a miracle of putting very well the point that has come out of the debate. I thank all those who have participated. We have here a trade-off between simplicity and fairness—it is as simple as that. The Government—unusually, my party might think—have opted for fairness, and my party might not be surprised that in this case I have opted for simplicity. However, the matter will rest. Of course, if this system goes absolutely swimmingly, I shall forget that I asked the Minister to put it in his bottom drawer, but if it all goes wrong I shall tell the world that “I told you so”. With that, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 89C withdrawn.

Amendment 89D not moved.

Amendment 89E

Moved by Lord Sharkey

89E: Clause 15, page 13, line 46, at end insert—

“( ) The Secretary of State has a duty to ensure that there is, through national public awareness campaigns, a high level of public awareness and understanding of the terms and implications of the cap on the cost of care.”