The controversial Health and Social Care Bill has been passed in the House of Lords, with a ditch attempt by Labour peers to delay its progress voted down 269 to 174.
The approval from the Upper Chamber comes after the Speaker earlier granted Labour an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the Risk Register of the NHS reforms.
This afternoon Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham argued that MPs should have the opportunity to debate the Government’s ongoing refusal to publish the register.
Also this afternoon, the House of Lords has voted to reject a delay in the final stages of the Health and Social Care Bill.
Former Labour Cabinet minister and SDP founder Lord Owen had proposed the amendment to delay Third Reading of the Bill until peers can consider the Information Commissioner’s ruling on the NHS risk register. It was rejected by 328 votes to 213.
The risk register debate will take place tomorrow and will last half an hour.
Mr Burnham told the Commons Chamber: “My colleagues and I thought it important that this House has the opportunity of debating this matter too. In just 24 hours time, this House will be asked to agree far-reaching changes to the NHS in England drawn up in large part in the other place, and yet as of now, members find themselves in the highly unsatisfactory position of not being in possession of all relevant information to make a full and considered judgement on whether those changes should be allowed to proceed.”
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