Clause 19 - Offences in connection with power to enter and inspect

Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 20th December 2005.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health)

There is very little with which we could take issue in the clause, as it is reasonably technical. However, I seek the Minister’s clarification. As I understand it, the clause would give penalties similar to those outlined in section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in respect of a failure to allow access to the relevant person to commercial premises that have to do with controlled drugs. If the Minister were able to confirm that the penalties and the offences that are set out in the clause are similar to, and comparable with, section 23 of the 1971 Act, we would be content.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

I can give the hon. Gentleman that assurance. Those things are comparable. I hope that, in that brief way, I have been able to reassure him.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 19 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 20 to 23 ordered to stand part of the Bill.