Clause 146

Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 24th January 2008.

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Question proposed,That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Shadow Minister (Health)

My only point on this clause—the same point has come up before—is that although abolishing existing bodies and establishing others often makes a great deal of sense, it is terribly important that absolute clarity of roles is established. That is particularly true in relation to matters addressed by the Health Protection Agency. I refer back to my comments about the Local Government Association not being clear about its functions in emergency situations. I reiterate that when there are measures to be used only in an emergency, such as those that the new body will deal with, it is even more important that guidance is clear and the bodies and boards involved are absolutely au fait with procedures.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 146 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 147 and 148 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 14 agreed to.

Clause 149 ordered to stand part of the Bill.