NHS: Five Year Forward View — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:58 am on 23rd October 2014.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:58 am, 23rd October 2014

My noble friend has alighted on an area to which the whole Government will have to give very careful thought. It is not simply a matter for my department. This will entail cross-departmental scrutiny and agreement. However, on the strength of the performance of local authorities in grasping the public health agenda, as they have very enthusiastically, I am sure that we should look at that particular proposal very constructively.