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Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Fees for Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian)

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

My right hon. and noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, has made the following written ministerial statement.

“Today the Government are publishing the Government response to the consultation on the fees for the new Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian both established under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The consultation ended on 29 November 2006 and 65 responses were received. The consultation response provides a summary of responses and the next steps in light of the consultation. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The new Court of Protection will have jurisdiction to deal with decision-making for adults who lack capacity. The new statutory Office of the Public Guardian will maintain registers of deputies and attorneys, supervise deputies in their duties and deal with representations about the way attorneys and deputies are exercising their powers”.