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Health and Social Care
07 January 2019
Volume 652

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]

The following is an extract from the speech by the Minister for Care, responding to the comments of the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones), in the debate on Second Reading of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords] on 18 December 2018.

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…The right hon. Gentleman also mentioned 16 and 17-year-olds. We have given very careful thought to how to include 16 and 17-year-olds and to how the Bill will interact with other legislation including the Children Act 1989, and we are very comfortable that it works alongside existing legislation. It is also a Law Commission recommendation to bring the provisions in line with the Mental Health Act, as he will be aware.

[Official Report, 18 December 2018, Vol. 651, c. 757.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Care (Caroline Dinenage):

An error has been identified in the response I gave to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones).

The correct response should have been:

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…The right hon. Gentleman also mentioned 16 and 17-year-olds. We have given very careful thought to how to include 16 and 17-year-olds and to how the Bill will interact with other legislation including the Children Act 1989, and we are very comfortable that it works alongside existing legislation. It is also a Law Commission recommendation to bring the provisions in line with the Mental Capacity Act, as he will be aware.