Clause 242

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 31st March 2011.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Minister (Health) 1:00 pm, 31st March 2011

We discussed earlier what this provision means and why there are powers to require and request information. It would seem that the Information Centre can require health and social care bodies to provide information, but it can only request that any other person should provide such information. What would happen if there were a health care body that was not an NHS body? Would the Information Centre have the power to require an independent, private care provider to provide information, or does it have power only over NHS bodies?