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Psychiatry: Standards

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable has been set for the consultation on defining national occupational standards for the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists under the Health Professionals Council; and when he expects to be able to introduce those standards. (201461)

Discussions on the scope of practice and the national occupational standards for psychotherapists and counsellors are continuing. Once agreement has been reached we will publish proposals on statutory regulation for public consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the Prime Minister's response of 11th March to the petition on the national occupational standards for counselling and psychotherapy. (201462)

No discussions have taken place. The response to the petition represents the Government's position on the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists.