Clause 101

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 22nd January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 11:45 am, 22nd January 2008

I am slightly concerned when the hon. Member for Romsey says that she is curious about some of the drafted amendments: it sounds as if she is limbering up for not supporting us in any vote. I am sure that that is not true and that I will be able to persuade her. The clause as drafted makes the OHPA seek the views of the groups mentioned, and as the hon. Lady mentioned, her amendment makes the OHPA take account of such views.

Amendments Nos. 225, 206, 227, 226 and 228, which we have tabled, all amend clause 102. They seek to strengthen the consultation process by ensuring a full and public response from the OHPA to any consultation on rule changes. The amendments would require the published response to detail where specific views have been expressed by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence or the regulatory bodies, and that would also strengthen transparency in decision making by the OHPA. Amendments Nos. 226 and 228 specifically relate to the role of the Privy Council—this may be the point that the hon. Lady sought to have elucidated—given that it has to approve the rules because of the way that we have a trans-internal national debate.