Clause 33 - Arrangements for dispensing of medicines

Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 20th December 2005.

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Amendment proposed: No. 82, in clause 33, page 28, line 26, at end insert—

‘(2)In section 17S of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (c.29) (eligibility to be contractor under pharmaceutical care services contract), after subsection (1) insert—

“(1A)In such circumstances, and subject to such conditions, as may be prescribed, subsection (1) has effect with the omission of the words from “who undertakes” to the end.”.’.—[Jane Kennedy.]

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health)

I have to say that we were expecting a little more explanation. It is customary when tabling an amendment for some explanation to be given. Opposition Members, who have tabled many amendments during the past several days, have been exhaustive in their explanation of them. For the Minister simply to move the amendment formally does not cut the mustard. I would be grateful if she could explain the intention of the amendment.

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

There is a saying in Liverpool: God loves a trier. That was an example.

The subject matter of the Medicines Act 1968 is reserved, but NHS legislation is devolved. Amendment No. 82 comes forward with the agreement of Scottish Ministers who were unable to conclude discussions when the Bill was introduced.

This amendment to section 17S of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 will bring NHS legislation in Scotland into line with the proposed changes to the 1968 Act, which are implemented by part 2 of the Bill. In the same way, clause 33 relates to NHS legislation covering England and Wales.

I hope that that explanation of the purpose of the amendment satisfies the Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Government Whip

I beg to move, Mr. Illsley, that you, the Clerks and the Committee have a very happy Christmas and new year.

Further consideration adjourned.—[Gillian Merron.]

Adjourned accordingly at twenty-one minutes past Four o’clock till Tuesday 10 January at twenty-five minutes to Eleven o’clock.