National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 11:15 am, 4th February 2015

That is a good point. I suspect it will be a matter for you, Mr Hood, as to whether to accept a manuscript amendment from my hon. Friend, who has not yet signed either of the amendments. We have yet to hear from him whether he supports amendments (a) or (b). For my part, I think there is merit in what I have suggested.

Let me turn to a third matter. Under paragraph 14, “Subsequent meetings and sittings motion”, the guidance note states:

“If proceedings on the Bill are not completed at the first meeting of the Public Bill Committee, the timing of subsequent meetings is expected to be determined by a decision of the Committee itself, usually”— not always, but usually—

“on the basis of a sittings motion moved by the Member in charge.”

The guidance then goes on to describe the proceedings in the Committee. That is the extent of the guidance that we are given. I submit to the Committee that I have been able to deal with the guidance in a satisfactory manner. I have explained why I have chosen 10 o’clock rather than 9.30 am. I have explained why it is that I have gone for Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays.