Powers of attorney

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on legal powers of attorney. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

04.11.2015Powers of attorney and making decisions for another person
This note deals with powers of attorney and other ways of authorising someone to make a decision for another person in England and Wales.
05.10.2004Mental Capacity Bill (Bill 120 of 2003/04)
The Mental Capacity Bill became the Mental Capacity Act 2005, which came into force during 2007. As amended, it provides a legal framework and statutory code of practice for decision-making on behalf of those who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves, creates a statutory basis for advance directives to refuse treatment ('living wills'), and provides safeguards relating to deprivation of liberty. The Act also established a new Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian.


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses