Clause 17 - Appeals committees

Part of Human Tissue Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 3rd February 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 11:15 am, 3rd February 2004

I understand that the decisions that are taken by the authority are those of the authority as a whole, therefore every member is equally responsible for them. However, although I would not expect it to be the subject of a change in the Bill, can the Under-Secretary assure us, for reasons of natural justice, that in practice the appeals committee would, whenever possible, be constructed of members who did not have a specific function in making the original decision that was to be the subject of an appeal? Within the obvious constraint of their all having been responsible for the decision, can we achieve that objective?