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Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the statement made by Baroness Thornton on 30 April 2008, House of Lords Official Report, column GC70, on the Health and Social Care Bill, for what reasons the National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) interventional procedures guidance is included in the consultation document; for what reasons NICE's cancer guidance service is not included; and if he will make a statement. (206405)

On 25 March the Department launched a consultation seeking views on the future framework for the registration of health and social care providers. The consultation runs until 17 June.

In the consultation document, the reference to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance issued through its interventional procedure programme is an example of the evidence the new Care Quality Commission will use assess compliance with registration requirements. The examples put forward in the document are not intended to be comprehensive.

Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament, once it is established, the Care Quality Commission will develop and consult on guidance on a new methodology and compliance criteria to assess whether providers meet and continue to achieve the requirements for registration.