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Session 2004-05, 17 March 2005

Publication of Report: Advance Notice

Publication of Report: Advance Notice

Further information: Alison Mara, scrutiny@parliament.uk

tel: 020 7219 8388

The Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill will publish its report on Wednesday 23 March at 00:01 am (HL Paper 79-I, HC 95-I, Session 2004-05).


Advance copies of the report for witnesses to this inquiry and the media will be available under strict embargo for collection from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm on Tuesday 22 March from Westminster House (Dean Stanley Street entrance), London, SW1P 3JA. These must be requested IN ADVANCE ( strictly by 6.00pm on Monday 21 March)  from Alison Mara, Committee Assistant (tel: 020 7219 8388).

Note: Because of building works the main entrance to 7 Millbank will be closed on 22 March. Reports have to be collected from the entrance to the building in Dean Stanley Street.

Oral and written evidence will be published separately as Volumes II and III of the report (HL Paper 79-II and III, HC 95-II and III). Copies of Volumes II and III will be posted to those who gave oral evidence to the Committee, if not collected on 22 March. Those who contributed written memoranda to the inquiry will receive copies of the report (Volume I) and can obtain copies of Volumes II and III on request from the Committee Assistant.

The report can also be ordered from the Stationery Office (tel: 0845 702 3890), or can be viewed on our website from 4.00 pm on 23rd March:


The report will also be printed as an easy read guide which, for example, people with learning difficulties may find useful. Requests for this guide should be made to the Committee Assistant. The guide will also be on our website.

Notes to Editors

The two Houses of Parliament  established a Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Health Bill which was published by the Government on 8 September 2004.

The remit of the Committee was to consider the draft bill and report on it to both Houses by 31 March 2005.  The Committee will publish its report making recommendations on 23 March 2005.  The Government has to consider and respond to the Committee's report.

Membership of the Committee:

Chairman: Lord Carlile of Berriew (Lib Dem)

Mrs Liz Blackman, MP (Lab, Erewash); Mrs Angela Browning, MP (Cons, Tiverton and Honiton); Mr David Hinchliffe, MP (Lab, Wakefield); Mr George Howarth, MP (Lab, Knowsley North and Sefton East); Tim Loughton, MP (Cons, East Worthing and Shoreham); Mr Paul Marsden, MP (Lib Dem, Shrewsbury and Atcham); Laura Moffatt, MP (Lab, Crawley); Ms Meg Munn, MP (Lab, Sheffield Heeley); Dr Doug Naysmith, MP (Lab, Bristol North West); Mr Gwyn Prosser, MP (Lab, Dover); Dr Howard Stoate, MP (Lab, Dartford);  Hywel Williams, MP (Plaid Cymru, Caernarfon);

 Baroness Barker (Lib Dem); Lord Carter (Lab); Baroness Cumberlege (Cons); Baroness Eccles of Moulton (Cons); Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Cross Bench); Lord Mayhew of Twysden (Cons); Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall (Lab); Baroness Murphy (Cross Bench); Baroness Pitkeathley (Lab); Lord Rix (Cross Bench); Lord Turnberg (Lab)