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

My hon. Friend makes a very pertinent point and one that I considered, in the knowledge that the 2012 Bill Committee sat on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I did consider whether I ought to have put down 10 o’clock on a Thursday, but there are reasons for not doing that.

The first is that the House sits at 9.30 am on a Thursday. The problem in my view, though others may differ, is that it is preferable for Public Bill Committees to sit when the House is not sitting. Also, I did not suggest Thursday sittings because of the regrettable fact that so many Members now leave the parliamentary precincts on Wednesday evening and return to their constituencies. To maximise Committee attendance it makes sense to sit on Tuesday or Wednesday.