Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Lords third reading

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31 October 2018

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Tuesday 30 October.

This is a private member's bill. A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

No changes were made to the bill at third reading. As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill it now awaits Royal Assent when it will become an Act of Parliament (law).

Royal Assent is scheduled for 1 November.

Lords committee stage: Tuesday 23 October

As no changes have yet been suggested to the bill, a motion was agreed that both committee and report stages be dispensed with and that the bill progress directly to third reading. This procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged’.

Lords second reading: Friday 7 September

Members discussed a range of subjects, including the use of force in mental health units, the situation for young people and children and police response to mental health.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill summary

This bill aims to increase oversight and management of the use of force in relation to people in mental health units and similar institutions and require police officers to wear body cameras when attending mental health units.

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