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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health 11:30 am, 22nd March 2016

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. What has caused the confusion has been a definition of loss of liberty and dying in state detention that bears no relation to anyone’s common-sense understanding of the situation. Whatever new legislation is proposed by the Law Commission, it must meet the test of being much simpler, but it must also meet the legislative test of meaning what it says so that it does not get disrupted in the courts again.