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 Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 12:45 pm, 15th January 2008

I am sure that this is relevant to whatever point that the Minister is addressing. Would he try to provide the clarity that we all need to understand why the Government have tabled Government amendment No. 123 and Government new clause 7 pertaining to clause 157? I understand that those Government amendments would extend the closing of the loophole on the application of the Human Rights Act to private care homes for the purposes of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but not for England. There seems to be a patent inconsistency, and I hope that the Minister will address his comments to that point, which has been a source of our concern.