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Friday 15th October 2004

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The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the draft Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee.



    (1)   during proceedings on the Mental Capacity Bill, the Standing Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting on Tuesday 19th October at 9.30 a.m.) meet on—

      (a) Tuesday 19th October at 2.30 p.m.,

      (b) Thursday 21st October at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.,

      (c) Tuesday 26th October at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.,

      (d) Thursday 28th October at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.,

      (e) Tuesday 2nd November at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.,

      (f) Thursday 4th November at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.;

    (2)   proceedings in the Standing Committee shall be taken in the following order, namely Clauses 1 to 9, Schedule 1, Clauses 10 to 18, Schedule 2, Clauses 19 to 59, Schedule 3, Clauses 60 to 62, Schedules 4 and 5, Clause 63, Schedules 6 and 7, Clauses 64 and 65, new Clauses, new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill;

    (3)   the proceedings on Clauses 1 to 9, Schedule 1, Clauses 10 to 18, Schedule 2 and Clauses 19 to 27 shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. on Tuesday 26th October;

    (4)   the remaining proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. on Thursday 4th November.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     leave out from 'capacity' to the end of line 7 and insert 'in relation to any matter, except where it is established in relation to a particular matter on a particular occasion that he lacks capacity'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     after 'unless', insert 'and until'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     after 'capacity', insert 'relevant to the particular situation'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Even where a person may lack capacity, he is entitled to respect for any feelings he may have'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     9,     at end insert 'including provision of appropriate communication support'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     11,     at end insert ' or has made unwise decisions in similar past situations'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     after 'made', insert 'for his benefit and'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     after 'interests', insert 'or in accordance with his advance decision under section 24 of the Act'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     13,     at end insert—

    '(5A)   An act done, or decision made, under this Act for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity, shall if valid be treated as of equal validity as if it had been made by the person himself'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     15,     after 'effectively', insert 'or adequately'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     leave out 'rights and'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     1,     page     1,     line     16,     at end add—

    '(7)   An act done, or decision made under this Act for, or on behalf of, a person who lacks capacity must not be done in a way that is less favourable than the way in which it would be done or made by a person if they had capacity in a comparable situation.'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     2,     page     2,     line     5,     leave out 'an'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     2,     page     2,     line     5,     leave out 'a'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     2,     page     2,     line     15,     at end insert 'or by D if he shall not have attained the age of 16 years, unless he is under the supervision of a suitable adult'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     3,     page     2,     line     20,     at end insert 'when it has been presented to him in appropriate format'.


Mrs Angela Browning


Clause     3,     page     2,     line     20,     at end insert 'presented in an appropriate method to his impairment'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     3,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out paragraph (d).


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     3,     page     2,     line     32,     at end add—

    '(4)   A person is not to be treated as unable to make a decision by reason only of a lack or deficiency in a faculty of communication if that lack of deficiency can be made good by human or mechanical aid (whether of an interpretative nature or otherwise)'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     4,     page     2,     leave out line 36.


Ann Winterton
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas


*Clause     4,     page     2,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Where the determination concerns or affects the person's personal welfare, he must consider the person's life and health as basic to that welfare.'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     4,     page     2,     line     37,     after 'particular', insert 'but not exclusively'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out subsection (4).


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out from 'must' to 'the' and insert 'take steps to ensure that he permits and encourage'.


Mr Paul Burstow
Mr David Heath
Ann Winterton
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     5,     at end insert—

      '(aa) the person's life and health in so far as they could properly be the object of health care.'.


Mrs Angela Browning


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     16,     at end insert—

      '(e) an independent advocate if (a) to (d) do not apply.'.


Mrs Angela Browning


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     27,     at end add—

    '(9)   He must exercise non-discrimination in respect of disability or age.'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     4,     page     3,     line     28,     at end add—

    '(9)   Where it appears to a relevant authority that—

      (a) a person, "C", is engaged in caring for another person, "P", and

      (b) section 5 may apply to acts in connection with the care or treatment provided by C to P, and

      (c) C is not a person to whom section 40(4) applies (those individuals who are under a duty to comply with the Code)

       that authority shall provide C with the codes of practice referred to in section 40(1)(b) (guidance for persons acting in connection with the care or treatment of another person) and take any other steps as it considers reasonably necessary to assist C in complying with section 5(1) (ensuring that P lacks capacity and reasonably believing that the act is in P's best interests).

    (10)   For the purpose of subsection (9) "relevant authority" means either—

      (a) a local authority exercising functions under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, or

      (b) a Health Authority, Local Health Board, Special Health Authority, Primary Care Trust or National Health Service trust which is responsible for providing or arranging services under the National Health Act 1997.'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     31,     leave out paragraph (a).


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     32,     leave out from beginning of line to 'and', and insert 'has capacity to consent to the act and must ascertain P's best interests if P is unable to consent for himself in accordance with section 4'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     34,     leave out from 'capacity' to 'and', and insert 'to consent to the act'.


Mr Paul Burstow


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     35,     at end insert 'and P has sought the involvement of an independent advocate where the matter to be determined is one falling within section 34.'.


Mrs Angela Browning


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     35,     at end insert—

      '(iii) that it will sustain P's life.'.


Mr Tim Boswell


Clause     5,     page     3,     line     39,     at end insert ' but he may be civilly liable to P both for acts done without P's consent, and also for any failure to take reasonable steps to establish whether P lacks capacity in relation to the matter in question or in failing to consult P about his view on the matter'.

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