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 hope that the hon. Gentleman took note of my comment about the Government’s amendments to clause 157. It may take us a little while to get there, so the Government will have an opportunity to discuss with him whether, for consistency, England might be included. The Minister’s response to the intervention seemed to be that it would bring consistency to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. My point was that the Government seem to have favoured Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the incorporation of rights, but to have excluded England. That seems extraordinary, and there may be an opportunity for the hon. Gentleman to pursue his ideas.