Clause 40

Part of Statistics and Registration Service Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 25th January 2007.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Chair, Treasury Sub-Committee 9:30 am, 25th January 2007

I, too, support the amendment, because subsection (3) ranges extremely widely. The Minister tries to ensure that information about registrations between general practices—people moving from one general practice to another, or from one health  authority area to another—is properly captured. The explanatory notes describe the process as the creation of an information gateway; I think they mean the creation of a power to ensure that the board still receives the information.

In subsection (3)(d), which the amendment covers, the information to be provided as part of the measurement of flows of people from one general practice to another includes the reasons for an individual’s cancellation or re-registration. There may be many reasons why one cancels one’s registration with one’s general practitioner, and they may have nothing to do with one’s relocation to a different part of the country. One may be unhappy with the performance of the general practice, for example. I am not sure that it is appropriate for the board to start piling up information about why people have moved. Surely the board needs only the statistical information that an individual has moved or has changed GP. I should be grateful if the Minister could explain why subsection (3) must go so far as to cover, in paragraph (d), the reasons for people registering or not registering.