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NHS plans to return after recess


16 July 2011

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The government hopes to return its plans for NHS reform to parliament in September, immediately after the summer recess, it has emerged.

MPs in the House of Commons chamber will be given the chance to reassess the Health and Social Care Bill for a period of two days once the recess comes to a close.

However, two days may not provide enough time for MPs to properly look over the proposed legislation, according to shadow Commons leader Hilary Benn.

The new Bill is likely to be quite lengthy, he suggested.

Mr Benn asked whether four days could instead be provided by the government for a review of the Bill.

He pointed out that the "lengthy Bill has had to go back to committee a second time".

However, Commons leader Sir George Young responded that a "very generous" period of time had already been offered by the coalition.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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