Clause 5

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 15th January 2008.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health 12:45 pm, 15th January 2008

We will debate clause 5 later. I will happily address that question then, if I may, because my understanding is that because a direct payment would involve a state role—that is, state funding—it would fall under the auspices of the Human Rights Act. I will happily clarify that for the hon. Member for Tiverton and Honiton when we debate clause 5.