Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 12th December 2002.

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[Derek Conway in the Chair]

Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Opposition Whip (Commons) 2:30 pm, 12th December 2002

On a point of order, Mr. Conway, I wish to seek your advice on a matter pertinent to the further scrutiny of the Bill. As the Government know, the Conservative party always objects in principle to programming. You will appreciate that it is difficult at the start of consideration of legislation to estimate with any precision the length of time that scrutiny of that Bill will take. When we embarked on scrutiny, we were offered—and accepted—four sittings. It has become obvious over the course of the past three sittings that some five clauses have remained entirely unscrutinised, including two groups of amendments which it was not possible to discuss in full. Could you advise me on the position that you and your co-Chairman would take should I make a formal request for the re-convening of the Programming Sub-Committee in order to consider a further extension of the time to scrutinise the Bill?

Photo of Derek Conway Derek Conway Conservative, Old Bexley and Sidcup

I have chaired Committees for which the Programming Sub-Committee has re-convened, normally when the usual channels have been in agreement. Since that would appear not to be the case, I must draw the hon. Lady's attention to the resolution of the House, which requires that the Committee not only concludes today, but this afternoon by half-past five—[Hon. Members: ''Five o'clock.''] Five o'clock. That is exactly what we shall be doing. However, I am sure that the hon. Lady's point will be taken into account on Report.Clause 12 Free provision of certain community care services