Results 61–80 of 2218 for speaker:Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: It is worrying that my right hon. Friend is persuading me that I am wrong. It is very worrying, while one is on one’s feet, to be persuaded out of one’s own arguments. If he will allow me to cling on for just a few moments, I will get to the dregs of my argument. The ombudsman might be the only champion of someone who is already vulnerable because they have been incapacitated to one...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have to say that I have received no information from anyone who has had such an experience. My suspicion is that if one went to the ombudsman and asked, “How long is this likely to take?”, the ombudsman would say, “If you look at our last report, you will see that 99% of our cases were concluded within a year, so you can expect something roughly like that.” New clause 1 is merely an...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: May I begin by congratulating my right hon. Friend the Member for Haltemprice and Howden (Mr Davis) on getting the Bill through Second Reading without any discussion whatsoever, then through Committee without any amendment and now on Report? On Tuesday, in the Committee deliberating on the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, during which hon. Members had the misfortune...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Given that I spoke for four and a quarter hours, my hon. Friend is very kind to make that generous observation, but I am not sure that I share his view. Over my political life I have often been asked what I would choose for a private Member’s Bill. In my early political life I would usually say something frightfully worthy, such as bringing in a Bill to improve the national health service....

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Eric Forth was a friend both of my right hon. Friend and of mine. My understanding of his view was that all legislation was a bad thing, which is why, even when he was in government, he was in opposition, and would try to stop virtually everything. That caused some difficulties to me when I was the Opposition Chief Whip. Every year I have put my name into the private Members’ Bill ballot...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I like my hon. Friend’s suggestion. In Committee on Tuesday, he and I discussed the value of having legislation that is comprehensible to the people whom it affects, and this Bill will affect everyone in the country. The laws we make should not be written in gobbledegook that is not comprehensible to the people who own and enforce the law and who have it enforced upon them. It would be an...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My riposte to my right hon. Friend is that perhaps he could have promoted a slightly bigger Bill to amend the Acts that introduced the parliamentary ombudsman in 1967 and the health service ombudsman in 1973 and combined them in a way that made them accessible to the public, which, as my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (Mr Nuttall) has said, they currently are not. They see the words...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend has got me there, so I will subside. The Bill would give a complainant to the ombudsman a statement of explanation if there was a delay. That seems a very small suggestion, but the humanisation that such a statement would bring to a process that would inevitably be a little intimidating for complainants, however well the health service ombudsman does her work, may well...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend is gracious, as ever, but dentists have a way of charging, because nowadays it is quite difficult to find a dentist, even under the national health service, who does not charge. Certainly, I had a crown replaced about a week ago by a national health service dentist and it cost me many hundreds of pounds.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: On a point of order, Mr Bone. We are having a clause stand part discussion now. Subsection (4) says: “The services provided as part of the health service in England must be free of charge except in so far as the making and recovery of charges is expressly provided for by or under any enactment, whenever passed.” My right hon. Friend is talking about the practical difficulties of...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend is gracious, as ever, but dentists have a way of charging, because nowadays it is quite difficult to find a dentist, even under the national health service, who does not charge. Certainly, I had a crown replaced about a week ago by a national health service dentist and it cost me many hundreds of pounds.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: On a point of order, Mr Bone. We are having a clause stand part discussion now. Subsection (4) says: “The services provided as part of the health service in England must be free of charge except in so far as the making and recovery of charges is expressly provided for by or under any enactment, whenever passed.” My right hon. Friend is talking about the practical difficulties of...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend is covering an important issue, namely whether to charge those who are not entitled to this country’s free national health service. I understand that one concern about charging is that it would introduce a bureaucracy for which doctors, GPs and hospitals are not geared up. Did my right hon. Friend experience that problem when he was a Health Minister?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend is covering an important issue, namely whether to charge those who are not entitled to this country’s free national health service. I understand that one concern about charging is that it would introduce a bureaucracy for which doctors, GPs and hospitals are not geared up. Did my right hon. Friend experience that problem when he was a Health Minister?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Clause 1 would achieve uncertainty, muddle, duplication and caution, and it would be a fundamental mistake. When my hon. Friend the Minister tabled, for the sake of clarity rather than for its selection, the amendment that clause 1 should not stand part, he was making a helpful indication of the clause’s value. I look forward to discussing the issue of regulations under clause 2, because in...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Clause 1 would achieve uncertainty, muddle, duplication and caution, and it would be a fundamental mistake. When my hon. Friend the Minister tabled, for the sake of clarity rather than for its selection, the amendment that clause 1 should not stand part, he was making a helpful indication of the clause’s value. I look forward to discussing the issue of regulations under clause 2, because in...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend might want to table that, and it might solve some problems, but I hope—I may fail—I shall persuade him that the better course would be to omit the two subsections. Advocate-General Fennelly says that “the existence of systems of social provision established by Member States on the basis of the principle of solidarity does not constitute, as such, an economic...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My suspicion is that the aim is to strengthen the single market, but to allow sufficient flexibility within that market for operations such as the national health service to operate within the European Union. I have not considered that in the depth that I would have liked to have done in order to give a good answer to my hon. Friend. Perhaps that is something that some of my hon. and right...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend speaks with fervour, passion and experience. He and I have been in the House of Commons for exactly the same length of time. I understand that I signed the book just a moment or two before him, but he need not worry about being Father of the House because I shall be leaving the House at this election. He is absolutely right. We will not privatise the national health...


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