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 Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health 11:45 am, 22nd January 2008

My curiosity was piqued by the fact that I have a hazy understanding of what the Privy Council does. In my own regulatory body, I am frequently told that we must do things because the Privy Council has told us to. I have spoken to a number of Privy Councillors who say, “I don’t know anything about that.” I have looked on the Privy Council website and it is very obscure as to who actually advises the Privy Council. It seems to be a back-door method by which the Department of Health can impose its will. If the measure is aimed at greater clarity in Privy Council decision making, I fully welcome it. I have had some difficulty in tracking the process of Privy Council decision making because the decisions do not seem open to any public scrutiny.