Health and Care Bill — Clause 69 — Procurement Regulations — 22 Nov 2021 at 22:13
The majority of MPs voted against greater transparency over health care contracts awarded to organisations other than an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust.
The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 72, in page 64, line 1, at end insert—
- “(3A) The regulations must make provision in relation to the procurement of the services referred to in paragraph (1)(a) (other than primary medical services, primary dental services and primary ophthalmology services) that before any contract for a service with an annual value in excess of £5m may be awarded to an organisation that is not an NHS trust or NHS foundation trust—
- (a) the business case for the award of the contract must be published;
- (b) any responses to the proposal in the business case must be considered and published;
- (c) the process for awarding the contract must be open and transparent and non-discriminatory at every stage, including (but not limited to)—
- (i) procurement strategy and plan,
- (ii) invitation to tender,
- (iii) responses to invitations,
- (iv) evaluation of tenders,
- (v) decision to award, and
- (vi) contract awarded;
- (d) the process for awarding the contract must demonstrate due regard to the principles established in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (S.I.2015/102) or any regulations which may supersede them;
- (e) in any case where it is claimed that an emergency justifies an award without the process being used then the responsible body must within 14 days publish the business case for the award of the contract and the record of the decision.
Had it not been rejected the amendment would have added additional subsections to Clause 69 of the Bill which was titled: Procurement regulations and provided for regulations to be made relating to the procurement of:
- (a) health care services for the purposes of the health service in England, and
- (b) other goods or services that are procured together with those health care services
-  Parliament's webpage on the Health and Care Bill, Parliament.uk
-  Health and Care Bill as amended in Public Bill Committee, 2 November 2021, Parliament.uk
-  Explanatory notes to the Health and Care Bill as introduced on 6 July 2021, Parliament.uk
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||300 (+2 tell)||0||0||83.7%|
|Lab||0||171 (+2 tell)||0||86.9%|