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

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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.'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

111

Clause     43,     page     23,     line     30,     at end insert—

    '( )   The court is to have an official seal.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

60

Clause     44,     page     24,     line     16,     at end insert 'and

(c) ensure that at any time at least one of the judges nominated to the Court shall be experienced in matters connected with learning difficulties, one of the judges shall be experienced in matters connected with mental illness, and one of the judges shall be experienced in matters connected with progressive dementia.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

61

Clause     44,     page     24,     line     20,     at end add 'and in particular he shall report to the Lord Chancellor annually on the operation of this Act'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

62

Clause     47,     page     25,     line     6,     after 'other', insert 'independent'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

112

Clause     47,     page     25,     line     17,     at end insert ', and

(c) any record held by a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14)'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

63

Clause     48,     page     25,     line     38,     leave out 'or' and insert—

'(dd) by a spouse civil partner or sibling of the person, or'.

   

Mr Tom Clarke

194

Clause     48,     page     25,     line     40,     at end insert—

'(f) by an independent advocate appointed to give advice for the purposes of sections 35, 36 and 37.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

237

Clause     48,     page     25,     line     40,     at end insert—

'(e) by a person named as an appointee for financial affairs by the Secretary of State where no continuing power of attorney exists.'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

238

Clause     49,     page     26,     line     16,     at end insert—

'(ba) as to donees, deputies and appointees for financial affairs by the Secretary of State where no continuing power of attorney exists, being entitled to be notified of, and be made parties to, the proceedings;'.


   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

152

Clause     52,     page     28,     line     2,     at end add—

'(d) exemption from fees where a deputy is appointed totally in relation to state benefits and such capital that accrues from state benefits.'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

153

Clause     52,     page     28,     line     6,     at end insert—

'(d) other bodies representing people who lack capacity.'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

154

Clause     52,     page     28,     line     8,     after 'fees', insert 'and remission of fees'.


   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

235

Clause     56,     page     29,     line     18,     leave out from 'maintaining' to end of line and insert—

'(i) a register of lasting powers of attorney, and

(ii) a separate register of lasting powers of attorney where notification of its use has been received.'.

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Paul Holmes

236

Clause     56,     page     29,     line     36,     at end insert—

'(i) undertaking and publicising the existence of monitoring of a random sample of registered and notified lasting powers of attorney each year,

(j) checking at registration and at notification whether the donee is—

(i) bankrupt, or

(ii) an individual whose name is registered on a list under section 81 of the Care Standards Act 2000, and acting in accordance with provisions in this Act,

(k) undertaking an assessment of the need for future monitoring of a lasting power of attorney in circumstances where there is no named person to be notified of registration, or where in the opinion of the Public Guardian circumstances warrant monitoring of the operation of the lasting power of attorney.'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

64

Clause     56,     page     29,     line     36,     at end insert—

'(i) reporting annually to Parliament on the discharge of his functions, and making public such information obtained in the discharge of his functions as may be in the public interest'.

   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

113

Clause     56,     page     30,     line     15,     at end insert ', and

(c) any record held by a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14)'.


   

Mr David Lammy
Ms Rosie Winterton

114

Clause     57,     page     30,     line     40,     at end insert ', and

(c) any record held by a person registered under Part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (c.14)'.

   

Mr Tim Boswell

65

Clause     57,     page     30,     line     42,     at end add—

    '(7)   The Lord Chancellor may from time to time issue reports on the work of the panels of Special and General Visitors, provided that the individual subjects of such visits cannot be identified'.


   

Mr Tim Boswell

72

Schedule     3,     page     43,     line     7,     leave out subsection 4.

 
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