National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 10:00 am, 4th February 2015

I am relieved to see that we now have almost a full Committee. It is just past 10 o’clock, which gives me some grounds for saying that perhaps 10 o’clock  is the right time. I am conscious of the fact that there may be all sorts of very good reasons why members of the Committee were not here at the start, as we heard from my right hon. Friend the Member for North East Hampshire. That goes back to the point that I was making earlier that 10 o’clock is probably a sensible time for the Committee to meet.

Before the arrival of another Committee member, Mr Hood, you were saying that you had chaired the deliberations on the 2012 Bill. I suspect that you were joint Chair of that Committee, so you would not have been there for some of the sessions. I am conscious of the fact that, as you have quite rightly said, the House in its collective wisdom has decided that there should be no oral evidence. That, of course, does not prevent organisations that have an interest from submitting written evidence to Members of the Committee.