Lord Owen: If coalition continue to appeal Risk Register, Bill must be paused

As the Lib Dems gather for their spring conference, Lord Owen tonight called on the party to pause the third reading of the health and social care bill.

 

As the Liberal Democrats gather for their spring conference in Gateshead, Lord Owen tonight called on the party to pause the third reading of the health and social care bill.

He spoke out following the call today by the Information Tribunal for the NHS Risk Register to be published “immediately”, having upheld the Information Commissioner’s earlier ruling. Lord Owen described as a “constitutional outrage” the idea that the government could go ahead with the bill while further appealing the publication of the register in the High Court.

He said:

“Surely now Liberal Democrat Peers, with a long and proud history of supporting freedom of information, will not go along with any attempt by the coalition government to continue with the third reading of this bill in the light of today’s Information Rights Tribunal on the NHS Transition Risk Register.

“If the government insist on appealing to the High Court then they must accept that the bill is paused until that judgement has been made.

“If, as they should, the government publishes the bill’s risk assessment now then the House of Lords will need time to satisfy itself – as I say in the motion which I have had on the Order Paper since before the Christmas recess – “in the light of any further examination of risk, and taking account of the views of the health professions, that the risks of not proceediing with the Bill are greater than the risks inherent in the Bill itself”.”

Increasing the pressure on the Lib Dem Peers, he added:

“To go ahead with legislation, while appealing to the High Court, would be the third constitutional outrage associated with this legislation. The first was to legislate within months of the prime minister promising in the general election that there would be no top-down reorganisation of the NHS. The second was to implement large parts of the legislation without Parliamentary authority.

“The attempt to railroad this legislation through both Houses of Parliament has raised very serious questions about the legitimacy of this coalition government. Now at the last moment Parliament has a chance to assert its democratic rights and the many Liberal Democrat Peers, who know in their heart of hearts that this legislative procedure is fundamentally wrong, have the opportunity to stand by their principles.”

As Dr Evan Harris wrote earlier in the week, for the sake of the NHS, the Lib Dems should pull the plug on the legislation and kill the bill.

See also:

Information Tribunal orders Lansley: Publish NHS Risk Register “immediately”Shamik Das, March 9th 2012

Losing the plot: How the Lords rubbished the NHS bill – then voted for it anywayJos Bell, October 15th 2011

Lord Owen: NHS is under threat like never beforeAlex Hern, October 11th 2011

Lord Owen: Government acting with “no authority” over NHS reformsJos Bell, April 4th 2011

Lord Owen turns on coalition health plansWill Straw, January 19th 2011

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63 Responses to “Lord Owen: If coalition continue to appeal Risk Register, Bill must be paused”

  1. Bill Kruse

    Principles?

  2. Citizen Ember

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  3. Wendy Hibbs

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  4. Peter Tennant

    @jonny_wright Be careful waiving around the word 'constitution'! This #NHSBill is already a 'constitutional outrage': http://t.co/hjJnHKLN

  5. Nick H.

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  11. Jim Moore

    Why are we allowing politicians and MPs to ignore constitutional rule of law ?

  12. Wyre Forest Labour

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  13. Anonymous

    Surely there must be somebody in the govt/media cabal who can just leak the thing? how hard would that be?

  14. Alex Braithwaite

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  16. toby

    Lord Owen describes pushing the #NHSBill while Govt still appealing against risk register as "constitutional outrage" http://t.co/KQMouyoj

  17. toby

    "The attempt to railroad this leg. through Parliament raises very serious questions about the legitimacy of this Govt" http://t.co/KQMouyoj

  18. David Lewis

    Lord Owen describes pushing the #NHSBill while Govt still appealing against risk register as "constitutional outrage" http://t.co/KQMouyoj

  19. Faith

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  20. Dominic Harrison

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  21. toby

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  22. Brnch Sec Ruth H

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  23. Christine Hill

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  24. pharmagossip

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  25. John Jackson

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  26. Nick Hopkinson

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  27. Marcus Chown

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  28. Kevin Bull

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  29. SimonB

    Those are pretty strong words from Lord Owen. No doubt they will be ignored by the media and government.

  30. Len Raynor

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  31. Tristram Wyatt

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  32. Diane Hain

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  33. Newsbot9

    Well, it’s an open question if Parliamentary Sovereignty covers the situation. It needs to go to the supreme court. I know what I feel (disclose), but I’m unsure of the precise legal situation.

  34. Just Me

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  38. toby

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