Commons committee starts looking at the health bill in detail tomorrow

Posted on February 7, 2011 by


The Commons public bill committee which is going to go through the health and social care bill clause by clause has their first meeting tomorrow. There may be opportunities for them to explore where research is going to fit in the new-look NHS as they go through the Bill in detail.


The Health and Social Care Bill was published on 19 January (details here in my previous post flagging up the mentions of research). It had its first reading last Monday, 31st January.

It is now entering committee stage in the Commons, scheduled to finish on 31 March. It has to go all the way through the Commons and then the Lords and be agreed by both houses before it can become law – see the timeline here.

How does the committee work?

The committee has 26 members chaired by Jim Hood and Mike Hancock:

  • Debbie Abrahams
  • Mr Kevin Barron
  • Tom Blenkinsop
  • Mr Steve Brine
  • Mr Simon Burns
  • Paul Burstow
  • Dan Byles
  • Stephen Crabb
  • Nick de Bois
  • Margot James
  • Liz Kendall
  • Jeremy Lefroy
  • Nicky Morgan
  • Grahame M. Morris
  • Dr Daniel Poulter
  • John Pugh
  • Jim Shannon
  • Owen Smith
  • Anna Soubry
  • Julian Sturdy
  • Emily Thornberry
  • Karl Turner
  • Derek Twigg
  • Phil Wilson

And you can follow what they’re up to here.

As well as debating the bill, the committee can invite people in for evidence sessions to discuss the impact of the proposals in the bill. (more detail on how Commons committee stage works here). The committee for this bill is asking for those with concerns to write to them to help them select who they might speak to. More details on how to do this here. The deadline is Thursday 31 March but the sooner you write, the more time they’ll have to take your evidence into consideration.

Research has a few mentions in the Bill. There may be opportunities for members of the committee to table a few probing amendments to explore where research will fit in the reorganised NHS.

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