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Mental Health Services

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his timetable is for the introduction of proposals for regulation of counselling and psychotherapy. (313877)

We are currently considering the recommendations made by the Health Professions Council on this matter.

Final decisions have yet to be taken about the legislation to statutorily regulate psychotherapists and counsellors. The regulation of psychotherapists and counsellors is a devolved matter and a decision to take forward regulation on a United Kingdom wide basis would have to be supported by the Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.