Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:09 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 5:09 pm, 18th December 2018

Yes, I have. This is an incredibly important point. The deprivation of people’s liberty in a police cell when there is a lack of mental capacity—or, in certain circumstances, when there is a serious mental illness—happens far too often. The purpose of police cells is to detain criminals. Providing a system in which such people do not have to be held in police cells is absolutely critical and part of our plan.