International trade agreements: public health services

Part of Trade Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee 4:15 pm, 25th June 2020

With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 13—International trade agreements: consent for provision of healthcare services—

“(1) A Minister of the Crown may not, under section 20(1) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, lay before Parliament a copy of an international trade agreement which makes provision for the supply or provision of healthcare services (including medicines and medical devices) unless each of the devolved authorities has given their consent to that agreement.

(2) ‘Devolved authority’ shall have the meaning given in section 4 of this Act.”

This new clause would ensure that HMG is not able to lay before Parliament a trade agreement which could have an impact on provision of healthcare services without the consent of the devolved administrations.