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Written Ministerial Statements

Monday 10 January 2005

TREASURY

Child Benefit

The Paymaster General (Dawn Primarolo): The Child Benefit Bill, introduced to Parliament on 13 December, will enable the Treasury to lay regulations prescribing the conditions under which young people aged 16 and over qualify for child benefit. Draft regulations and a supplementary regulatory impact assessment are published today, to indicate how the Treasury intends to use the powers provided by the Bill. Copies are available from the Vote Office, the Library of the House and the HM Treasury website.

CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

Mental Capacity Bill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs (Mr. David Lammy): In response to a recommendation by the Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Committee, the Government placed a draft code of practice, accompanying the Mental Capacity Bill, in the Libraries of both Houses on 8 September 2004. Members of the Commons Standing Committee (19 October to 4 November) referred extensively to the code during discussions. Members commented that they found the code very helpful in giving them details on how the Bill would work in the real world. Many Members spoke of the importance of the code for successful implementation and they appreciated the fact that the draft code had been prepared at such an early stage. The Government are very grateful for the constructive nature of the comments that have been made about the code.

The draft code is a living document. It will change as a result of discussions on it so far, and will change further during its passage through the House of Lords. It will then be subject to a full public consultation. Given the importance of the code, the Government have decided to produce a short summary of the revisions we expect to make to it. This includes changes that will need to be made as a result of amendments to the Bill, as well as suggestions Members made about the code itself during the Commons Committee stage. We have also been continuing our dialogue with stakeholders and they too have suggested some helpful changes. We hope this summary will help to inform Lords' debates on the code by giving them the most up-to-date picture possible of what we expect the final version of the code to look like, before it is issued for full public consultation.

Chapter 3: Capacity to Make a Decision


 
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Chapter 4: Best Interests

Chapter 5: Acts in Connection with Care or Treatment


 
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Chapter 6: Lasting Powers of Attorney

Chapters 6 and 7: Attorneys and Deputies

Chapter 8: Advance Decisions


 
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Chapter 9: Protection and Supervision

Chapter 11: The Independent Consultee Service

Chapter 12: Research


 
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