This is a simple probing amendment. As the Bill stands,
“The Commission may publish a report prepared under subsection (2).”
I am curious about the circumstances under which a report would not be published. To my way of thinking, the more information in the public domain the better and the greater the transparency of any organisation, the greater the public trust in it. All reports should be published. However, subsection (3) seems to give some flexibility. I am not sure why that is needed. I seek an example from the Minister of where it would not be necessary to publish a report. It would be helpful to know why the word “may” was chosen.
This is a point on which I may at last be able to offer the hon. Lady some satisfaction. Although, under existing legislation, the CSCI and the Healthcare Commission are not explicitly obliged to publish inspections reports, in practice they do. However, they are careful at times about some details: we talked earlier about children and vulnerable adults. I agree that it is essential that the public should have access to the commission’s inspection findings: a concern also raised by Dame Denise Platt in her evidence to the Committee. We are therefore looking at whether there is an argument for strengthening the language in that regard.