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Health and Social Care Act 2001

Commencement and Extent

335.Section 70 provides that this Act extends only to England and Wales, except sections 50 to 52 and 59 (preserved rights), section 63 (prescribing rights) and 64 to 66 and 65 (supplementary provisions) which also extend to Scotland and sections 63 to 65 which also extend to Northern Ireland.

336.Some technical provisions of the Act will come into force on Royal Assent together with those conferring powers to make orders or regulations. The other provisions of the Act will come into force on such a day, or days, as the relevant authority (or in certain cases, the Secretary of State or Scottish Ministers) may appoint by order.


StageDateHansard reference
House of Commons
Introduction20 December 2000Vol 360,  col 377
Second reading10 January 2001Vol 360,  cols 1080-1196

18, 23, 25 and 30 January 2001

1,6 and 8 February 2001

Standing Committee E
Report and third reading14 February 2001Vol 363, cols 324 – 428
House of Lords
Introduction15 February 2001Vol 622, col 398
Second reading26 February 2001Vol 622, cols 987 –1064
Committee15 March 2001Vol 623, cols 1024 –1100
19 March 2001Vol 623, cols 1160-1278
20 March 2001Vol 623,  cols 1380-1415
22 March 2001Vol 623,  cols 1624-1708
Report24 April 2001Vol 624,  cols 1226 –1305
26 April 2001Vol 624,  cols 1475- 1554
Third reading3 May 2001Vol 624,  cols 1971- 2010
House of Commons
Commons consideration of Lords amendments10 May 2001Vol 368,  cols 269 –286
House of Lords
Lords consideration of Commons amendments10 May 2001Vol 624, cols 2268 – 2280
Royal Assent11 May 2001Vol 368,  col 406 (HoC)
Vol 624, col 2282 (HoL)

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