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

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Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

227

Clause     36,     page     20,     line     31,     after 'interests', insert 'and, in particular, as to the matters mentioned in section 4(5)'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

228

Clause     36,     page     20,     line     32,     leave out 'of less than 28 days' and insert 'which is less than the applicable period'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

229

Clause     36,     page     20,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '( )   If the NHS body—

      (a) did not seek advice from an independent consultee before making the arrangements because it was satisfied that subsection (2)(a) or (b) applied, but

      (b) subsequently has reason to believe that the accommodation is likely to be provided for a continuous period—

      (i) beginning with the day on which accommodation was first provided in accordance with the arrangements, and

      (ii) ending on or after the expiry of the applicable period,

    it must seek advice from an independent consultee.'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

230

Clause     36,     page     21,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '( )   "Applicable period" means—

      (a) in relation to accommodation in a hospital, 28 days, and

      (b) in relation to accommodation in a care home, 8 weeks.'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Paul Burstow

212

Page     20,     line     22,     leave out Clause 36.


   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

231

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     14,     leave out from 'with' to end of line 14 and insert '—

      (a) section 21 or 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948 (c.29), or

      (b) section 117 of the Mental Health Act,

    as the'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

232

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '( )   This section does not apply if P is accommodated as a result of an obligation imposed on him under the Mental Health Act.'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

233

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     18,     after 'interests', insert 'and, in particular, as to the matters mentioned in section 4(5)'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

234

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '( )   If the local authority—

      (a) did not seek advice from an independent consultee before making the arrangements because they were satisfied that subsection (3)(a) or (b) applied, but

      (b) subsequently have reason to believe that the accommodation is likely to be provided for a continuous period that will end 8 weeks or more after the day on which accommodation was first provided in accordance with the arrangements,

    they must seek advice from an independent consultee.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

51

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     24,     at end add 'and if they decline the advice must give reasons in writing for doing so'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Paul Burstow

199

Clause     37,     page     21,     line     24,     at end add—

      '(a) when an agreement between person "P" and "D" cannot be reached about a decision or action and where D is employed by an NHS body or local authority social services or D is contracted by an NHS body or local authority social services in respect of the provision of care and treatment for P,

      (b) when there is a difference in view between person "P" and any person who is consulted under section 4(6) and the decision or action is the responsibility of an NHS or local authority social services or organisation contracted by NHS body or local authority social services.'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Paul Burstow

197

Page     21,     line     5,     leave out Clause 37.


   

Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Paul Burstow

198

Clause     38,     page     21,     line     26,     leave out beginning to end of line 32 and insert—

       'The duty to identify and consult an independent advocate in relation to serious treatment or major changes in accommodation and support arrangements for P shall be considered discharged by the relevant authority where that authority has consulted and accepted the representations of either—

      (a) a donee of a relevant lasting power of attorney created by P, or

      (b) a deputy appointed for relevant purposes by the court for P, or

      (c) a donee of a relevant enduring power of attorney (within the meaning of Schedule 4) created by P, or

      (d) an independent advocate already recognised by the relevant authority as representing the interests of P'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke
Mr Paul Burstow

219

Page     21,     line     25,     leave out Clause 38.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

52

Clause     39,     page     21,     line     34,     at end insert 'subject to an affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

53

Clause     40,     page     22,     line     4,     after 'must,' insert 'after consulting with such persons professional and lay as seem to him to have an interest,'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

146

Clause     40,     page     22,     line     4,     after 'practice', insert 'in suitable formats for the information and guidance of P and of any independent advocates assisting P and'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

54

Clause     40,     page     22,     line     12,     at end insert—

      '(ee) with respect to the information to be compiled and retained by persons specified in this section in connexion with their duties under this Act, and'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke

195

Clause     40,     page     22,     line     14,     at end insert—

      '(g) for the guidance for people acting as independent advocates for the purposes of sections 35, 36 and 37.'.


   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

147

Clause     41,     page     22,     line     37,     after 'preparing,', insert 'publish'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

55

Clause     41,     page     22,     line     41,     leave out 'laid by him' and insert 'approved'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

148

Clause     41,     page     23,     leave out lines 1 and 2 and insert—

      '(b) it is subject to debate in the House of Commons.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

56

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     1,     leave out paragraph (b).

   

Mr Tim Boswell

58

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     5,     at end insert 'including the use of abridged or simplified versions and alternative formats, and shall take such steps as he may deem appropriate to ensure in the future that donees, deputies and others involved with the operation of this Act are familiar with its provisions'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell
Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

57

Clause     41,     page     23,     line     6,     leave out subsections (4) and (5).


   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

150

Clause     42,     page     23,     line     19,     after 'court', insert 'or is the donee of an enduring power of attorney or is an appointee appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

151

Clause     42,     page     23,     line     20,     leave out 'the person concerned' and insert 'or unduly influences for his own advantage the person concerned, and—

      (b) include matters in relation to the financial affairs of the person who lacks capacity that are considered to fall outside the scope of the Theft Act 1968.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

59

Clause     42,     page     23,     line     20,     after 'person', insert '(or the interests of the person)'.


   

Mr Tom Clarke

196

Clause     43,     page     23,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(1)   Where it appears to the relevant authority that a person ("P") may lack capacity in relation to matters connected to—

      (a) the assessment of P's needs for services which may be provided or arranged by the relevant authority ("assessment of needs") or

      (b) the provision of services to P which may be provided or arranged by the relevant authority ("service provision decision").

       No part of this Act will authorise a person to do an act connected with the assessment of needs or service provision decision unless the steps set out in subsection (3) are followed.

    (2)   For the purpose of subsection (1) and (3) a "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 local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985, or

      (c) a Health Authority, Health Board, Special Health Authority, Primary Care Trust or National Health Service Trust.

    (3)   The relevant authority must—

      (a) make arrangements for P's capacity, in relation to the matter in question, to be assessed,

      (b) notify P of the help available from, and assist (if P so requires) P in contacting, an independent advocate under the arrangements under section 34 (such help may include assisting P in communicating his views),

      (c) consider whether P requires any additional assistance in communicating his views (whether by talking, using sign language or other means),

      (d) where P has been assessed to lack capacity in relation to the matter in question, to make such enquiries as are necessary to be satisfied that the matter does not fall within the scope of the authority of:

      (i) a donee of a Lasting Power of Attorney granted by P,

      (ii) a deputy appointed by the court,

      (iii) an advance decision to refuse treatment (where treatment is being considered).

    (4)   In carrying out an assessment under (3)(a) the relevant authority must take into account the views of—

      (i) P with or without the assistance of an independent advocate providing support in accordance with (3)(b),

      (ii) anyone named by P as someone to be consulted on the matter in question or on matters of that kind,

      (iii) people who are, or are likely to be, responsible for the provision of care or treatment to P in a professional capacity,

      (iv) if it is practicable and appropriate to consult with them, any other person engaged in caring for P, whether or not in a professional capacity.'.

 
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