National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Stephen Metcalfe Stephen Metcalfe Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock 10:30 am, 4th February 2015

My hon. Friend is giving way very generously. I just wanted to help him a little bit. He was talking about the demands on our time on a Wednesday. While it may be ideal to dedicate our entire time to parliamentary business, we do have the reality of dealing with our constituents and making sure that our views are known to the wider world, so I think it is right to deal in the real world rather than in an ideal world. Secondly, I have great sympathy with the point about sitting only on Tuesdays—I support my hon. Friend fully on that—in that it will allow us to consider fully the views put at each sitting before reconsidering them at the next meeting.