Clause 151

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

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Orders and controls: control by National Assembly for Wales

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

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

The clause deals with the regulations relating to the National Assembly for Wales. I shall not press to a Division, but I wish to reinforce how important it is, when we consider how the powers are transmitted and utilised by Welsh Ministers, that the Government recognise that those of us who represent English constituencies in border areas have a grave difficulty in accessing accountability through Parliament for Welsh matters that affect our constituents. Notwithstanding the helpful discussion we had earlier, that has been a running theme and, at many times, a running sore in  legislation since devolution. To a lesser degree, that applies to those who represent Welsh constituents in the Westminster Parliament in relation to English matters, such as when my neighbours are treated in a hospital in my constituency.

With those matters in mind, there is still this overhanging difficulty about the accountability through this place and giving our constituents the power to hold to account the actions of both the Executive and the Administration as laid out in the clause. It is an appropriate stand part point to make. I am sure that the Minister already has the point on board.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 151 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 152 and 153 ordered to stand part of the Bill.