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A successful Private Members' Bill has to be your own idea, not a government 'handout', a Conservative MP has said. Bill Cash who proposed the International Development (gender equality) Bill earlier this year, stressed it was important ... Continue to article
Lib Dem MPs have voted to pursue a motion calling for increased pressure on the international community to provide more aid to the victims of the Pakistan floods. Andrew George, Mp for St Ives, said countries were not "responding sufficiently to begin addressing some of the serious problems Pakistan faces".
One of the leading Liberal Democrat rebels on the Health Bill has warned the Government's changes to the Health and Social Care Bill will continue to put core services at risk.
Andrew George said ministers' response to the NHS Future Forum's recommendations had been "disappointing" and left "many of the previous concerns - about the risk of a marketised NHS, a missed opportunity to better streamline health and social care and a lack of accountability - still unresolved."
He added: "Whether it is the intention of ministers or not is unclear, but it seems that the Government will perpetuate rather than resolve the risk posed by the private sector to core NHS services."
Labour have protested that the Government is not giving enough time to scrutinise the changes at committee stage. But at a press conference this morning, David Cameron said: "When we were in opposition we used to dream of 10 days for a Government bill. I remember sitting on standing committee looking at criminal justice legislation where whole parts of the bill would just go rushing through because the guillotines had fallen.
"I think 10 days is actually a significant amount of time: we have recommitted this bill, so it goes back into the committe stage."
One of the leading Lib Dem opponents to the Government's NHS reforms has warned that Government plans to increase the money NHS hospitals can earn from private patients could prove "catastrophic". Andrew George said that ministers did not "fully understand" the implications of the plans and warned that they could expose the NHS to legal challenges from private providers. A Labour amendment to scrap the cap was voted down 292 votes to 239, but further scrutiny on the issue is expected in the Lords.
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