Clause 159

Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 24th January 2008.

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The appropriate authority by whom commencement order is made

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

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

Had the Secretary of State adopted the amendments that we proposed in relation to making the Secretary of State for Health and his Department responsible for the health in pregnancy grant, this is the point at which we would have had the need to delete the word “Treasury”. If, when reviewing all that we have discussed, he finds that we have made a sound point and would like to wrest this power from the Treasury as we have been urging him to do—frankly, all power to his elbow—this is where he would also need an amendment.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 159 ordered to stand part of the Bill.