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Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982

Volume 32: debated on Thursday 25 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the implementation of the provision of the Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982.

The Department is about to issue a circular which will inform authorities of the main provisions of the new Act and give notice of the likely timing for consultation on the guidance to be given, and on the various orders and regulations which must be made before most of the Act comes into effect on 30 September 1983. In addition, we are in the course of inviting nominations widely for membership of the Mental Health Act Commission. Copies of the circular will be placed in the House of Commons Library as soon as it is issued.