Recommittal of the Health and Social Care Bill, now have your say

22 June 2011

Minister of State for the Department of Health Simon Burns, moved a motion in the House of Commons on Tuesday 21 June 2011 to recommit certain Clauses of the Health and Social Care Bill to the Public Bill Committee for further consideration

The House agreed to the motion (Ayes 297, Noes 224) to recommit certain Clauses and Schedules of the Bill to the Public Bill Committee which previously considered the Bill for further consideration. The Committee will be known as the Public Bill Committee on the Health and Social Care (Re-committed) Bill.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPS who took part in the debate:


The Health Secretary made a statement to the House of Commons on Monday 4 April announcing that there would be a break in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill. The Bill had received its second reading on 31 January 2011 and completed its committee stage in the House of Commons on 31 March.

The Bill has been re-committed in respect of the following Clauses and Schedules:

  • in Part 1, Clauses 1 to 6, 9 to 11, 19 to 24, 28 and 29 and Schedules 1 to 3;
  • in Part 3, Clauses 55, 56, 58, 59, 63 to 75, 100, 101, 112 to 117 and 147 and Schedules 8 and 9;
  • in Part 4, Clauses 149, 156, 165, 166 and 176;
  • in Part 5, Clauses 178 to 180 and 189 to 193 and Schedule 15;
  • in Part 8, Clause 242;
  • in Part 9, Clause 265;
  • in Part 11, Clauses 285 and 286;
  • in Part 12, Clauses 295, 297 and 298.

Have your say

Following the re-committal of the Health and Social Care Bill there is a call for written evidence. Submissions should address matters contained within those Clauses and Schedules of the Bill which have been re-committed and concentrate on issues where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

Deadline for submissions

The Committee will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 14 July. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Public Bill Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 28 June.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill is intended to give effect to the reforms proposed in the NHS White Paper that require primary legislation. The White Paper: Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS, published in July 2010, set out the Government’s aims to reduce the central direction of the NHS, to engage doctors in the commissioning of health services, and to give patients greater choice.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings on the Health and Social Care Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

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