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 Stephen Metcalfe Stephen Metcalfe Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock 10:00 am, 4th February 2015

As someone who was not fortunate enough to have been on the 2012 Bill Committee, I am disappointed that it appears that we will not be able to hear oral evidence. I would have found it very useful and beneficial in debating this Bill to hear at first hand from people whom it will affect one way or another. My hon. Friend is right to say that people can make written submissions. Should we allow some time for those written submissions to be made by postponing for a week the date on which the Committee starts scrutiny?