53.Memorandum from the British Institute
of Learning Disabilities (BILD) (MIB 58)
The council of the British Institute of Learning
Disabilities recently received a presentation from Chris Walker
from the Mental Incapacity branch of the Department of Constitutional
Affairs on proposals for legislation on mental incapacity.
As an organisation which works with and for
people with a learning disability we are very conscious of the
shortcomings of current legislation on mental incapacity. We have
followed the publication of the green paper Making Decisions with
great interest and we warmly welcome the proposals, which are
currently being developed by Chris Walker and her colleagues.
I know that there is considerable pressure on
parliamentary time and I am therefore writing to request, that
the Bill to reform current legislation on mental incapacity is
given maximum priority. You and your colleagues are no doubt aware
of the recent white paper Valuing People which set out the governments
proposals for learning disability services. In our view, the policies
set out in Valuing People can only be successfully implemented
if new legislation is implemented in respect of mental incapacity.