Part of Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough 10:00 am, 6th June 2018

I am grateful for the contributions by my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch and the hon. Member for Rhondda. I absolutely agree with their general comments. I looked carefully when drafting the Bill at the issue they raised. I could have included a provision that the Bill would come into effect, say, six months after it became law, but I did not because we already have a Data Guardian, so there will not be any gap, and I know how much the Government support the Bill. That is the reason we did not put in a date, but under other circumstances I absolutely would have insisted on one.