Clause 4

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 15th January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 12:15 pm, 15th January 2008

I was born in east Africa, and therefore had to live through and survive and challenge the whole of the apartheid approach, but the Minister will be aware that the derivation of the word has nothing to do with racism. It is to do with there being two different sides of a similar issue and it was then hijacked to have a meaning in political terms, which is what he might have described. He is no better advocate than I am for being anti-apartheid in the sense that the term was used in South Africa, but I was using the term here in its genuine rather than ascribed form.