Annex: Press Notice issued on 17 July
The two Houses of Parliament have established a Joint
Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill, which was published
by the Government on 27 June 2003 (Cm 5859). The text of the
draft Bill can be found at:
The remit of the Committee is to consider the draft
bill, and to report on it to both Houses by the end of November
2003. The Committee will proceed in the normal manner of Select
Committees, by holding hearings and receiving written evidence.
The Committee will publish a report making recommendations.
The members of the Committee are as follows:
Lord Carter (Labour) Chairman
Baroness Barker (Liberal Democrat)
Baroness Fookes (Conservative)
Baroness Knight of Collingtree (Conservative)
Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall (Labour)
Lord Pearson of Rannoch (Conservative)
Lord Rix (Crossbencher)
Baroness Wilkins (Labour)
Mr John Bercow MP (Conservative, Buckingham)
Mrs Angela Browning MP (Conservative, Tiverton and
Mr Paul Burstow MP (Liberal Democrat, Sutton and
Jim Dowd MP (Labour, Lewisham West)
Stephen Hesford MP (Labour, Wirral West)
Mrs Joan Humble MP (Labour, Blackpool North and Fleetwood)
Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Labour, Ogmore)
Laura Moffatt MP (Labour, Crawley)
At its first meeting on Tuesday 15 July,
the Committee elected Lord Carter as Chairman. The Committee expects
to start taking oral evidence in September. The programme of such
evidence sessions will be announced nearer the time.
CALL FOR EVIDENCE
The Joint Committee invites interested organisations
and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry
into the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill. Submissions, reflecting
the guidance on written evidence given in this press notice, should
reach the Committee as soon as possible and must be submitted
at the latest by Monday 1 September.
Scope of the Committee's inquiry
The Joint Committee expects to concentrate its Inquiry
on the following themes in relation to the structure and content
of the draft Bill:
- Was the consultation process
preceding the publication of the draft Bill adequate and effective?
- Are the objectives of the draft Bill clear and
- Does the draft Bill meet those objectives adequately?
- Are the proposals in the draft Bill workable
- Might lessons be learned from similar legislation
already implemented in Scotland or elsewhere?
- Are there relevant issues not covered by the
draft Bill which it should have addressed?
- In what other ways might the draft Bill be improved?
All written evidence should be submitted to the Joint
Committee no later than Monday 1 September. Given the limited
time available for the submission of evidence and for the completion
of the Committee's work, written evidence should be short and
should concentrate on the major issues arising from the draft
If appropriate, written evidence should
contain a brief introductory paragraph setting out, any
experience of the persons or organisations submitting it relevant
to the Bill.
Submissions should take the form of a memorandum
and should have numbered paragraphs. An indicative length would
be 1,000- 1,200 words. Memoranda which exceed five pages should
be accompanied by a one-page summary. Submissions may be accompanied
by background material (perhaps already published elsewhere) which
would not be reprinted by the Joint Committee.
We wish to receive written evidence, if possible
in MS Word or rich text format, by e-mail to [email protected]
A single hard copy (single-sided, unbound) should also be sent
to Francene Graham, Scrutiny Unit, Room G10, House of Commons,
London SW1P 3JA. Fax 020 7219 8381.
Once written evidence has been submitted it becomes
the property of the Committee. Those who have submitted written
evidence to the Joint Committee are welcome to publish their evidence
themselves (for example, by placing it on their own website).
But it must not be published until after the Joint Committee has
acknowledged receipt of the evidence. It must also be made clear
that the document was prepared as evidence to the Joint Committee.
Written submissions from those giving oral evidence will be available
at the relevant hearing. Written evidence from others will either
be published by the Committee with its final Report or placed
in the public domain when that Report is published. Individuals
and organisations considering submitting information to the Committee
that they would wish the Committee to treat as confidential should
consult the Clerks in advance, initially by sending an e-mail
to the address given above.
Further notices will be issued shortly, indicating
how the Committee will proceed.
Ask to be added to the mailing list for future notices.
Contact: Francene Graham Committee Assistant to the
Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill Room G10 7
Millbank House of Commons London SW1A 0PW
Or email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7219 8387
Fax: 020 7219 8381