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Departmental Legislation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997; (198294)

(2) what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

The information requested on what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation since May 1997 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

No new criminal offences have been created by primary legislation since July 2007. However, Regulations 27 and 185 of the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/3101), which amended the Medical Act 1983 and the Opticians Act 1983 respectively, expand the scope of existing offences in primary legislation. The Mental Health Act 2007, which was given Royal Assent on 19 July 2007 increases the maximum penalty for ill-treatment or wilful neglect (s.42).