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

My hon. Friend makes an interesting point, which I considered carefully, about whether we should start on 10 or 24 February, bearing in mind that no application was made and no motion submitted to the House, and therefore there was no decision, no recommendation and no authority given for the Committee to take oral evidence.

I am conscious that we are meeting in Committee Room 14, and I presume that it has been chosen for a reason, given the massive importance of the Bill to the nation as a whole. The room has facilities that are, if not ample, the best we have in terms of providing accommodation for members of the public. It seems to me that all those who have an interest in the Bill and those who gave oral evidence when the 2012 Act was being considered, should give evidence, albeit by written means—e-mail, nowadays—of their thoughts on the content of the Bill and how we should go about dealing in Committee with the amendments that have been tabled. Let us seek their views as to whether the amount of time available between now and the end of the Parliament is sufficient for the Bill to be considered appropriately, given its nature.