National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 10:15 am, 4th February 2015

I certainly will discuss the very point that my right hon. Friend has raised. Equally, I will not discuss the timing of the first meeting because that is irrelevant; I was merely stating that the heading in the guidance is “Timing of first meeting”, but the second heading refers to “Subsequent meetings and sittings motion”. After dealing with the rather thorny subject of money resolutions, which we have dealt with beyond belief, the guidance states that if a Bill requires a money resolution,

“the Public Bill Committee cannot consider any parts of the bill which would result in expenditure until that resolution has been agreed on the floor of the House.”

I think that we have all got that clear. The guidance continues:

“It is usual”— only “usual”—

“for Committees considering Private Members’ Bills to meet on Wednesdays.”

So it is not essential. I realise that I have that hurdle to overcome. The guidance also states:

The Committee may sit in either”—

I stress “either”—

“the morning or the afternoon.”