Amendments proposed to the Mental Capacity Bill - continued House of Commons

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Appointment of independent advocates

   

Mr Tom Clarke

NC27

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The appropriate authority must arrange, to such an extent as he considers necessary to maintain the principles set out in section 1 of the Act for independent advocates to be available to assist a person "P" when another person "D" is considering doing an act, or making a decision to do an act.

    (2)   The assistance available under the arrangements must include—

(a) Assistance to permit and encourage the individual to participate or improve his ability to participate, as fully as possible in the act proposed to be done or the decision to be made affecting him.

(b) Assistance to express the individual's past and present wishes and feelings, beliefs and values and other factors which he would consider are relevant to the decision or proposed action if he were able to do so.

(c) Assistance to maintain the principles set out in section 1 of this Act.

    (3)   The appropriate authority may make regulations—

(a) as to the appointment or recognition of independent advocates for the purposes of this Act.

(b) as to the functions of independent advocates in relation to sections New Clauses 2 and 3.

(c) that a person may act as an independent advocate only in such circumstances, or only subject to such conditions, as may be prescribed;

(d) for the appointment of a person as an independent advocate to be subject to approval in accordance with the regulations.

    (4)   In making arrangements under subsection (1), the appropriate authority must have regard to the principle that support in relation to a proposed act or decision should, so far as practicable, be given by a person who is independent of any person who will be responsible for the act or decision.

    (5)   The arrangements may include provision for payments to be made to, or in relation to, persons carrying out functions in accordance with the arrangements.

(a) For the purpose of enabling him to carry out his functions, an independent advocate—

(i) may interview in private the person he has been asked to support and

(ii) may examine any record of a prescribed kind which the person holding the record considers may be relevant to the independent advocate's investigation.

    (6)   In this section and section 35, "the appropriate authority" means—

(a) in relation to the provision of the services of independent advocates in England, the Secretary of State, and

(b) in relation to the provision of the service of independent advocates in Wales, the National Assembly for Wales.'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE [11TH AND 12TH OCTOBER 2004]

That the following provisions shall apply to the Mental Capacity Bill—

Committal

    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 4th November 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.


PROGRAMME ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [19TH OCTOBER 2004]

That—

    (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.


 
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