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Mental Health Act

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what parts of the Mental Health Act 1983 she expects to be repealed by the forthcoming Mental Health Bill. (80843)

In amending the Mental Health Act 1983 to deliver our policy objectives, our intention is to repeal some elements of that Act. In particular, our plans are to introduce:

a new and simplified definition of mental disorder, which would involve amending those provisions that refer to different categories of mental disorder;

an appropriate treatment test, which would involve repealing provisions which relate to the so-called treatability test; and

supervised community treatment, which would involve the abolition of aftercare under supervision.