Schedule 5

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 17th January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 3:45 pm, 17th January 2008

The best that the Opposition can do in relation to these amendments is to note them. They are obviously the result of discussions and negotiations. The only thing that concerns us is to ensure that, as we consider the inter-relationship with what is going to happen under the auspices of Welsh Ministers, the Minister keeps in mind the fact that we will be perpetually seeking reassurances about the consistency of approach between Wales and England. He is more than well aware that it is a genuinely live issue. It is not only to do with things being better on one side of the border, or the other. It will have a real effect for those who represent constituencies on the border between Wales and England. It would be helpful to get it right, as we would all be dealing with fewer of the cases on border inconsistencies that tend to fill our surgeries. On that basis, I am happy to note the Government amendments.