National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of David Nuttall David Nuttall Conservative, Bury North 9:45 am, 4th February 2015

And then 13. It does seem to me that we are now getting to the crux of the matter. I am just stating a fact, not being critical in any way of the hon. Member for Eltham, when I say he gave no explanation of the choice of either the date or the times. There was no explanation of what process had been followed to arrive at those dates. I am prepared to stand up and explain the thinking behind my amendment proposing to the Committee that it would be more appropriate for us to meet on a Tuesday, starting next Tuesday.

I am not trying to delay matters. As next Tuesday is the last Tuesday before the half-term recess, had I wanted to delay the consideration of the Bill, I could very easily have suggested 24 February—indeed I rather expected that I would be criticised this morning for not suggesting 24 February, given that next Tuesday is just two days before the recess. I put down 10 February at 10 am for the simple reason that I have no wish to delay the consideration of the Bill. I am more than happy that it should be considered.