Health and Social Care Bill

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Dr. Fox: We feel that this is another part of the Bill that is far too widely drawn. When the Minister says that the Government need to consult widely about the use of that power, that only reinforces our impression that it has not been properly thought through, and is yet another part of the ``make it up as you go along'' legislation. The clause potentially leaves doctors in an impossible position, and some patients in an entirely unacceptable position, so we intend to divide the Committee.

Question put, That the amendment be made:—

The Committee divided: Ayes 7, Noes 10.

Division No. 10]

Brand, Dr. Peter
Burns, Mr. Simon
Burstow, Mr. Paul
Fox, Dr. Liam
Hammond, Mr. Philip
Swayne, Mr. Desmond
Young, Sir George

Bailey, Mr. Adrian
Bradshaw, Mr. Ben
Dawson, Mr. Hilton
Denham, Mr. John
Fitzsimons, Lorna
Foster, Mr. Michael Jabez
Hutton, Mr. John
Jamieson, Mr. David
Naysmith, Dr. Doug
Prosser, Mr. Gwyn

Question accordingly negatived.

Amendment made: No. 337, in page 51, line 47, leave out

    `to the persons to whom the information relates'

and insert

    `(i) to the person to whom the information relates,

    (ii) (where it relates to more than one person) to the person to whom it principally relates, or

    (iii) to a prescribed person on behalf of any such person as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (i) or (ii),'

—[Mr. Denham.]

It being twenty-five minutes past Eleven o'clock, The Chairman adjourned the Committee without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

        Adjourned till this day at half-past Two o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Maxton, Mr. John (Chairman)
Bailey, Mr.
Bradshaw, Mr.
Brand, Dr.
Burns, Mr.
Burstow, Mr.
Dawson, Mr.
Denham, Mr.
Fitzsimons, Lorna
Foster, Mr. Michael Jabez
Fox, Dr. Liam
Hammond, Mr.
Hutton, Mr.
Jamieson, Mr.
Naysmith, Dr.
Prosser, Mr.
Swayne, Mr.
Young, Sir George

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