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Mr. Webb: Is the Minister saying that one cannot under any circumstances breach a regulation, but that the regulations will not necessarily be absolutely exhaustive in defining standards?

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Jacqui Smith: The national minimum standards and the regulations are different. Given the consultation process that we have gone through, the minimum standards are important.

It will not be for me to tell the commission how to go about its day-to-day business, but I am confident that it will act reasonably sensibly, and in the best interests of

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service users. That is something to which we can all look forward as we move towards raising standards for service users while maintaining good-quality provision.

Question put and agreed to.

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