Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill Written Evidence

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.

July 2003

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