On 1st March 2022, the House of Lords debated the Health and Care Bill in the first day of the report stage. Votes were held on amendments to the bill, in which Bishops took part:
The Bishop of Durham, the Bishop of London, and the Bishop of St Albans took part in a vote on an amendment tabled by Baroness Thornton:
Baroness Thornton moved amendment 9, in clause 14, page 12, leave out lines 3 to 6 and insert:
“(4) Each integrated care board must set out in its constitution—
(a) the arrangements for managing conflicts and potential conflicts of interest in such a way as to ensure that they do not, and do not appear to, affect the integrity of the board’s decision-making processes,
(b) the process by which any appointment of a member to the integrated care board or any appointment to any committee or sub-committee of the integrated care board that has a commissioning function must be made so as to avoid the appointment of anyone who would be perceived to have a conflict or potential conflict of interest, and
(c) the arrangements for ensuring that no member of any committee or sub-committee of the integrated care board who has a conflict or potential conflict of interest obtains access to information that might be perceived to favour the interest or potential interest.”
The amendment was agreed. Content: 175 / Not Content: 161
The Bishop of London, the Bishop of Durham and the Bishop of St Albans voted Content.
The Bishop of London took part in a vote on an amendment tabled by Lord Bradley:
Lord Bradley moved amendment 12, in Schedule 2, page 145, line 30, at end to insert—
“(d) at least one member with expertise and knowledge of mental health in the integrated care board’s area.”
The amendment was agreed. Content: 162 / Not Content: 147
The Bishop of London voted Content.