National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 10:45 am, 4th February 2015

I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who travels in from his constituency of South Basildon and East Thurrock every day. Other Committee members may be faced with a similar prospect. This Committee will meet in February and March, months when the weather is at its most inclement.

Secondly, a 10 o’ clock start gives Members the time to deal with their overnight e-mails and any other correspondence. I hope that when Members attend the Committee they will give all their time and attention to the proceedings, as they are today, because the Bill deserves that. Were the Committee to start at an earlier time, there is a risk—I would not put it any more strongly than that—that Members will bring their work with them and the Bill will not receive the proper scrutiny that it deserves.