Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:14 pm on 18th December 2018.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 6:14 pm, 18th December 2018

It is a pleasure to follow Norman Lamb, who has such expertise in this area and brought such valuable content to this debate as well as a valuable tone, which was very good to hear. I want to say a few things, first, in support of the Bill. As the right hon. Gentleman said, it is very important that we take a moment to reflect on the significance of getting this right.

Depriving someone of their liberty is a very significant act. Liberty is a fundamental right and freedom. We must take it seriously, and we must get this right. It is clear that the current system is not working. The fact that between 100,000 and 200,000 people are waiting because of an applications backlog is clearly unacceptable and cannot continue, given the consequences for individuals who have been deprived of the safeguards to which they are entitled, and the impact on their families and on care homes in which they may be residing.