NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 27th November 2001.

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[Mr. Alan Hurst in the Chair]

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 10:30 am, 27th November 2001

On a point of order, Mr. Hurst. I welcome you to the Chair. The Opposition look forward to serving under you. We realise that you will be firm but fair. The Bill contains numerous order-making powers, many of which are being drafted—such steps are often taken in circumstances such as these—so that strategic health authorities, patients forums and so on can be established on 1 April 2002. In debating the programme resolution, and in terms of our proceedings as a whole, it would help if the Government could share with us information on any draft regulations that have been prepared and are ready to go. That would enable us to flesh out our debates and to know the exact detail of many of the proposals. Perhaps, Mr. Hurst, you could suggest to the Minister that that would be to the convenience of us all.

Photo of Mr Alan Hurst Mr Alan Hurst Labour, Braintree

That is not a point of order but a matter for debate.

Photo of John Hutton John Hutton Minister of State, Department of Health, Minister of State (Department of Health) (Health)

I beg to move,

That —

(1) during proceedings on the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half past Four o'clock, and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock;

(2) 14 sittings in all shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill by the Committee;

(3) the proceedings to be taken on the sittings shall be as shown in the second column of the Table below and shall be taken in the order so shown;

(4) the proceedings which under paragraph (3) are to be taken on any sitting shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table;

(5) paragraph (3) does not prevent proceedings being taken (in the order shown in the second column of the Table) at any earlier sitting than that provided for under paragraph (3) if previous proceedings have already been concluded.