Part of Care Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 4 February 2014.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health 11:15, 4 February 2014

On a point of order, Mr Rosindell. Before we conclude the Committee stage of the Bill, I would like to put on record my thanks to everyone who has been involved in a variety of ways in ensuring that the Committee has been able to give the Care Bill such thorough scrutiny. I hope right hon. and hon. Members will agree that, aside from a few places where there has been robust debate, we all believe, particularly on the Government Benches, that the Bill represents a hugely significant step forward.

In the view of the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Copeland, it might be a modest step forward. I would encourage him to be more generous. When he thinks of all of the individual clauses that he supported strongly, he will realise that the sum total is a hugely significant step forward for the health and care system. I think we have done the Bill justice to the appropriate  timetable. That is thanks to the diligence of the Whips, for which I offer thanks, and the foresight of the usual channels. I sincerely thank all members of the Committee for their work and contributions.

I also thank you, Mr Rosindell, and your colleague Mr Bayley, for your guidance and effective stewardship of the Committee. I thank you both for your guidance and wisdom.