Clause 148

Part of Equality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 30 June 2009.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 6:30, 30 June 2009

Taking my specific example, if it were decided that because the NHS body had a significant reach across the border, and it was therefore a cross-border authority, both Welsh Assembly Ministers and UK Health Ministers would have an impact. If that is the interpretation, I am pleased, because I do not seek to undo the devolution settlement and have UK Ministers telling the Welsh what to do. But if the Welsh Assembly Government are responsible for a significant amount of policy with regard to the NHS that affects my constituents, there needs to be some democratic input into that process. If UK Ministers have none at all, my constituents will be being affected by policies of a Government over whom they have no democratic control at all. What the Minister is saying is therefore very helpful.