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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: I am extremely sorry. I am going a little rapidly for me, actually. My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that the question of what is an entrustment is dealt with in paragraph 51 of the working document. I will come on to it in a moment or two, and I hope I will be able to explain it to the Committee. The definition of a service of general economic interest in the working document...

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: The issues are complicated. It is not surprising that it takes time to sort out matters such as how European Community law has responded to the issue of entities such as the national health service. In fact, the European Union has taken 20 years to begin to come close to sorting that out. Various cases, such as the Altmark case, which I will talk about in due course, can take weeks of battle...

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: I am so sorry; I have committed one of the greatest political faux pas of my life. He described me this morning as a raging Europhile, and I plead guilty to that.

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: A raving Europhile. That extract was raving Europhile-speak that meant, as far as I could tell, nothing at all. We have article 2, which is even shorter.

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: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend on this as on so many things. I am not saying whether I do love the European Union as an idea, I am just saying that it is perfectly possible to do so. That was the question I was asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire. I move on to article 2, which states: “The provisions of the Treaties do not affect in any way the competence 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: The issues are complicated. It is not surprising that it takes time to sort out matters such as how European Community law has responded to the issue of entities such as the national health service. In fact, the European Union has taken 20 years to begin to come close to sorting that out. Various cases, such as the Altmark case, which I will talk about in due course, can take weeks of battle...

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: I am so sorry; I have committed one of the greatest political faux pas of my life. He described me this morning as a raging Europhile, and I plead guilty to that.

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: A raving Europhile. That extract was raving Europhile-speak that meant, as far as I could tell, nothing at all. We have article 2, which is even shorter.

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: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend on this as on so many things. I am not saying whether I do love the European Union as an idea, I am just saying that it is perfectly possible to do so. That was the question I was asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire. I move on to article 2, which states: “The provisions of the Treaties do not affect in any way the competence of...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Oh dear. My right hon. Friend is, as ever, entirely correct. He has caught me out in an inconsistency. All I can say about that is that “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” and that “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Of course I will point that out. Thank heavens somebody is here to put me right in my ignorance.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Yes, but as my hon. Friend may remember, I found that I had put my name to amendments to the times when we should sit that turned out to be inconsistent. I was clearly pursuing my idea that I should not be consistent in this Committee and I might pursue it again. While I have signed my hon. Friend’s amendment, I will have to consider again whether I support it during the short Adjournment.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I am sure that my hon. Friend is right. He clearly has much more to say on this than I have. I sincerely hope that that will be put right during the course of the debate.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: So he did. I had forgotten that moment, which was a delicious one. My amendments are intended to try to get round the issue of gobbledegook that my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford raised regarding the words “cohesion” and “public benefit”. That is also pursued in amendments 81, 83, 82 and 84 to clause 2. It would not be right to spend too much time at this stage discussing...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My right hon. Friend is right in both parts of what he says: I am a raving Europhile, and all this would be irrelevant if we left the European Union. Whether or not that would be a good thing, it would be taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The far easier way to deal with this issue would be to pass my amendment, which takes the relevant words out of the Bill. I almost feel the need to...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Oh dear. My right hon. Friend is, as ever, entirely correct. He has caught me out in an inconsistency. All I can say about that is that “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” and that “I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Of course I will point that out. Thank heavens somebody is here to put me right in my ignorance.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Yes, but as my hon. Friend may remember, I found that I had put my name to amendments to the times when we should sit that turned out to be inconsistent. I was clearly pursuing my idea that I should not be consistent in this Committee and I might pursue it again. While I have signed my hon. Friend’s amendment, I will have to consider again whether I support it during the short Adjournment.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I am sure that my hon. Friend is right. He clearly has much more to say on this than I have. I sincerely hope that that will be put right during the course of the debate.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (24 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: So he did. I had forgotten that moment, which was a delicious one. My amendments are intended to try to get round the issue of gobbledegook that my right hon. Friend the Member for Chelmsford raised regarding the words “cohesion” and “public benefit”. That is also pursued in amendments 81, 83, 82 and 84 to clause 2. It would not be right to spend too much time at this stage discussing...


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