National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 9:15 am, 4th February 2015

May I say again, Mr Hood, what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship this morning? I have listened carefully to your strictures about the requirement to make any declarations of interest before speaking for the first time. I trust that  does not include points of order, because I have already spoken in the Committee, so I apologise for that. However, I am not aware that I have any interest in the medical industry or in the provision of health care industries that would warrant declaration. Certainly, I have nothing of that sort in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Where I have a slight problem is that I have received donations, or my association will have received donations, which are recorded in the Register, from individuals, and I know not what their source of income was. I am not sure whether it is incumbent upon us to make researches into that. I am being totally honest with the Committee: the donors who have made donations, not to me but to the association, may have earned some of their income from working for the NHS. They may be doctors, for all I know. They may have worked for a private medical company; I know not. There is that slight uncertainty, but as far as I am concerned—