Clause 44

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 17th January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 2:30 pm, 17th January 2008

The Minister accepts that we are on to quite a serious matter. Perhaps we should consider it the other way round and he could help us. In what circumstances does he think that the Secretary of State or himself, as the Minister in the forthcoming period, might decline to give approval to the CQC to proceed to undertake an urgent review? It does have to obtain approval. In what circumstances does he envisage using his ministerial authority to decline?