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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 10 March 2011

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Health and Social Care Bill


 

[fifteenth and sixteenth sittings]


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  344

 

Clause  50,  page  62,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In section 271 of that Act (territorial limit of exercise of functions), in subsection

 

(3) after paragraph (d) insert—

 

“(da)    

section 247A (co-operation in relation to public health

 

functions),”.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 186 to 191 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  345

 

Clause  192,  page  163,  line  3,  leave out ‘by virtue of’ and insert ‘under’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  346

 

Clause  192,  page  163,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In section 276 of that Act (index of defined expressions), omit the entry for

 

“supplementary list”.’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  347

 

Clause  192,  page  163,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In Schedule 17 to that Act (exempt information relating to health services), in

 

paragraph 13(1)(b), for “146” substitute “147A”.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  415

 

Clause  166,  page  139,  line  2,  after ‘with’ insert ‘information and’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Not called  348

 

Clause  166,  page  139,  line  2,  at end insert ‘and the Commission shall respond in

 

writing to the committee about its response or proposed response to the advice’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  416

 

Clause  166,  page  139,  line  16,  leave out ‘its functions during the year’ and insert

 

‘during the year the functions exercisable by it’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  417

 

Clause  166,  page  139,  line  40,  leave out ‘such function’ and insert ‘function it is

 

required to discharge’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  418

 

Clause  166,  page  140,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In each of the following provisions, at the end of the entry for the Care Quality

 

Commission insert “and the Healthwatch England committee”—

 

(a)    

Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958,

 

(b)    

Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act

 

1975,

 

(c)    

Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification

 

Act 1975.’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  419

 

Clause  166,  page  140,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Where the Healthwatch England committee does not consist of or include all the

 

members of the Care Quality Commission, the committee is nonetheless to be

 

treated as doing so for the purposes of section 2(1) of the Public Bodies

 

(Admission to Meetings) Act 1960.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  420

 

Clause  167,  page  140,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In the Schedule to the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, after

 

paragraph (bj) insert—

 

“(bk)    

Local Healthwatch organisations;”.’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  421

 

Clause  167,  page  140,  line  24,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘( )    

In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975, at

 

the appropriate place insert—

 

    

“A Local Healthwatch organisation.”’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  422

 

Clause  167,  page  140,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Disqualification Act 1975, at the

 

appropriate place insert—

 

    

“A Local Healthwatch organisation.”’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  423

 

Schedule  13,  page  312,  line  22,  leave out paragraph (b).

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  424

 

Schedule  13,  page  312,  line  23,  leave out sub-paragraph (4) and insert—

 

    ‘(4)  

The Secretary of State may direct an LHW that the accounts prepared by it

 

under this paragraph are to be audited in accordance with such requirements as

 

are specified in the direction; but subject to that, an LHW must arrange for the

 

accounts so prepared to be audited in such manner as it considers appropriate.’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Withdrawn  357

 

Schedule  13,  page  312,  line  32,  at end add—

 

‘Procedures

 

8    (1)  

An LHW shall adopt and publish procedures for making decisions about the

 

exercise of its functions and shall review such procedures from time to time to

 

ensure they remain effective and efficient for the purposes of carrying out

 

LHW functions.

 

      (2)  

An LHW shall adopt and publish procedures for selecting and authorising

 

“authorised persons” to exercise LHW “rights of entry”, such procedures to

 

have regard to safety, privacy and dignity of patients and service-users, the

 

public, employees of health and social care commissioners and providers and

 

LHW “authorised persons” and the LHW shall review such procedures from

 

time to time to ensure they remain effective and efficient for the purposes of

 

exercising LHW “rights of entry”.

 

      (3)  

Procedures under subsection (2) shall specify the procedure to be followed by

 

the LHW in determining the circumstances in which it intends to exercise

 

“rights of entry” and the LHW shall make arrangements to bring the procedure

 

to the attention of commissioners and providers of healthcare and social care

 

services.

 

      (4)  

An LHW shall meet in public, shall publish papers to be considered in advance

 

of meetings and shall publish records of decisions taken.

 

      (5)  

An LHW shall publish annual reports on how it has carried out its functions

 

during the preceding 12 months, including its assessment of how effectively


 
 

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and efficiently it has carried out each of its functions over the period and the

 

changes that have resulted to healthcare and social care services resulting from

 

the exercise of its functions.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  425

 

Clause  168,  page  140,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

At the end of that paragraph, insert “and to the Healthwatch England committee

 

of the Care Quality Commission.”’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Withdrawn  349

 

Clause  168,  page  141,  leave out lines 2 to 4.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Withdrawn  350

 

Clause  169,  page  141,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(7C)    

Before preparing this report, A must consider such information and consult such

 

organisations and persons as it considers appropriate, including an overview and

 

scrutiny committee where operated. A must describe in the report the nature of

 

the information considered and the names of the organisations and persons

 

consulted.’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Not called  351

 

Clause  169,  page  141,  line  39,  at end insert ‘and insert—

 

“(8)    

Before determining the arrangements to be made under section 221(1) the local

 

authority must consult such persons and representatives of such persons as it

 

considers can provide advice about arrangements that will secure the

 

requirements in section 222(7A) and must have regard to the advice it receives

 

when determining the arrangements to be made.”.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Not called  352

 

Clause  170,  page  142,  line  22,  after ‘Independent’, insert ‘advice, information

 

and’.


 
 

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Emily Thornberry

 

Not called  353

 

Clause  170,  page  142,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(1)    

Each local authority must make such arrangements as it considers appropriate for

 

the provision of advice and information about access to local care services and

 

about choices that may be made with respect to aspects of those services.

 

(2)    

Where arrangements under subsection (1) provide for the local Healthwatch

 

organisation for the authority’s area to provide the services or to arrange for their

 

provision, the arrangements are to be treated for the purposes of this Part as

 

arrangements made under section 221(1).’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  426

 

Clause  170,  page  142,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Each local authority may make such other arrangements as it considers

 

appropriate for the provision of services providing assistance to individuals in

 

connection with complaints relating to the provision of services as part of the

 

health service.’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  427

 

Clause  170,  page  142,  line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Arrangements under this section may not provide for a person to make

 

arrangements for the provision of services by a Local Healthwatch organisation.’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  428

 

Clause  170,  page  142,  line  42,  leave out from ‘provide’ to end of line 45 and insert

 

‘services—

 

(a)    

the arrangements are to be treated for the purposes of this Part as

 

arrangements made under section 221(1), and

 

(b)    

the provision of the services is to be treated for those purposes as an

 

activity specified in section 221(2).’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  429

 

Clause  170,  page  143,  line  1,  leave out subsection (4).

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  430

 

Clause  170,  page  143,  line  6,  after ‘under’ insert ‘or in pursuance of’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  431

 

Clause  170,  page  143,  line  12,  leave out ‘; but this subsection’ and insert ‘and to

 

any person arranging for the provision of services in pursuance of such arrangements.

 

( )    

But subsection (6)’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  432

 

Clause  170,  page  143,  line  13,  leave out from ‘apply’ to ‘, by’ in line 14 and insert

 

‘in a case where the person is a person to whom’.


 
 

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Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  433

 

Clause  171,  page  144,  line  17,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In subsection (4), in paragraph (a), after “arrangements made under” insert “or in

 

pursuance of”.’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Not selected  354

 

Clause  171,  page  144,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(9)    

For the purposes of subsections (1), (5) and (8) “service providers” shall have the

 

same meaning as described in section 175(4) and shall additionally include any

 

commissioner or provider of publicly funded social care services.’.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Withdrawn  355

 

Clause  171,  page  144,  line  29,  at end add—

 

‘(13)    

Section 226 of that Act, as amended by subsections (9) to (12) above, shall apply

 

where a local Healthwatch organisation refers a matter relating to social care

 

services to an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority or to the

 

authority itself where overview and scrutiny committees are not operated.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Withdrawn  356

 

Clause  172,  page  144,  line  35,  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘or’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  434

 

Clause  173,  page  146,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

After that subsection insert—

 

“(2A)    

Provision under subsection (2)(a)(ii) is not to be taken as requiring H to

 

prepare a report in relation to the provision by the Local Healthwatch

 

organisation concerned of services under arrangements made under

 

section 223A.”’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  435

 

Clause  173,  page  146,  line  16,  after ‘(4)’ insert ‘—


 
 

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(a)    

after paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

the National Health Service Commissioning Board;

 

(ab)    

each commissioning consortium, whose area or any part

 

of whose area falls within the area of the local

 

authority;”,

 

(b)    

’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  436

 

Clause  173,  page  146,  line  18,  at end insert ‘, and

 

( )    

omit paragraph (d) (but not the following “and”).’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  437

 

Clause  174,  page  147,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Omit section 228 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act

 

2007 (previous transitional arrangements).’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Emily Thornberry

 

Negatived on division  358

 

Clause  175,  page  147,  leave out lines 8 to 10.

 

Emily Thornberry

 

Negatived on division  359

 

Clause  175,  page  147,  line  25,  at end insert ‘, and in addition to any regulations

 

relating to the referral of proposals for changes to services, the regulations may also

 

provide for circumstances where referrals may be made either to the Board or the

 

Secretary of State where local authorities or commissioning consortia are considered not

 

to have had due regard to their duties to have regard to relevant health and well-being

 

strategies when exercising their functions;’.

 

Mr Simon Burns

 

Agreed to  438

 

Clause  175,  page  148,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Until the coming into force of paragraph 26 of Schedule 3 to the Localism Act

 

2011, section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000 (overview and scrutiny

 

committees) is amended as follows—

 

(a)    

in subsection (2)(f)—

 

(i)    

omit “section 244 of the National Health Service Act 2006 or”,

 

(ii)    

for “either of those sections” substitute “that section”,

 

(iii)    

for “the Act concerned” substitute “that Act”, and

 

(iv)    

for “the section concerned” substitute “that section”,


 
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