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Mental Health Bill

Volume 407: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will publish the responses to the consultation exercise on the Mental Health Bill;[121236](2) when he plans to publish the Mental Health Bill; and what impact the consultation exercise has had on the Bill's provisions. [121237]

[holding answer 23 June 2003]: I refer the hon. Member to the response given to him on 2 April 2003, Official Report, column 774W by my hon. Friend the then Minister of State (Jacqui Smith).We continue to give careful consideration to all the thoughtful responses so that we can ensure that the legislation delivers the best possible outcomes for patients. The Bill will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows.