National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:00 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Conservative, North East Somerset 9:00 am, 4th February 2015

On a point of order, Mr Hood. May I say first what a pleasure it is to serve under your chairmanship on this important Committee? My point of order is about declarations of interest. As you may be aware, socialist organisations have cast aspersions on a number of Conservative Members with remote and tenuous connections to companies involved with the health service. In my case, that has been on the basis that a donor to my association may or may not have had investments in health care businesses. I am merely declaring that I do not have an interest.

This is tangential, but I feel that as it has been raised by socialist organisations, including the union Unite, it is important to put it on the record. I also urge other Members, particularly Opposition Members—I specifically exclude you, Mr Hood—to make similar declarations if they have interests in relation to health service trade union funding.