Clause 114

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 22nd January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 6:15 pm, 22nd January 2008

I have listened carefully. Although it has unquestionably been helpful for the Minister to say that he has in mind, for instance, staff working in domiciliary care, residential care workers and a number of others, it is either appropriate to define them, which would be possible, or, given that so much is in regulations, it could be done by regulation. What I do not like is that the provision is so general and unspecific that it could possibly capture more.

This is not a vote against the Government as a matter of principle but a vote against on the basis that we have made a sensible point that has not yet been fully addressed. I encourage the Minister to think afresh with his officials as they look at the next stages of the Bill. On a feet-to-the-fire basis, I seek to divide the Committee.