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Mental Health Act 1983

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 14557, tabled on 8 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Government's forthcoming reform of the Mental Health Act, what steps he plans to take to ensure that legislative proposals address the concerns of respondents to the public consultation to the Mental Health Act White Paper on how the reforms will serve the needs of children and young people.

Answered on

13 June 2022

The Government will publish a draft Mental Health Bill shortly. Pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill will then be a matter for Parliament.

The Government consulted on the proposals for legislation made by the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act in 2018 and through the ‘Reforming the Mental Health Act’ white paper, which received over 1,700 responses. We have also worked with charities to gather the views of people, including children and young people, who were either in inpatient services or had lived experience of the Act. The development of the draft Bill has been informed by these consultations.