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Mental Illness

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244027)

HM Treasury has welcomed the report, published on 21 October 2008, which provides a useful insight into the future implications of mental capital and wellbeing for the economy and society as a whole.

The Treasury recognises the importance of encouraging and enabling everyone to fulfil their potential. We have developed a range of public service agreements to drive improvements and coordinate Government action in this area, for example on maximising employment opportunities for all, promoting better health and wellbeing, tackling social exclusion and meeting the challenges of ageing. We also continue to work closely across Government to respond to emerging policy recommendations on mental capital and wellbeing, such as Dame Carol Black's review on health, work and wellbeing.