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Mental Capacity Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 25th January 2005.

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Photo of Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Labour 7:00 pm, 25th January 2005

I add my support to what has been said on the matter, to which I alluded at Second Reading. The issue that has come up that has not been stressed is the value and importance of time. There are many aids to communication of various complex and sophisticated natures, but the most important of all is time, which is often the most costly and the thing that people are most unwilling to devote to the difficult business of assessing.

It is not just in the assessment of people's capacity but, once some capacity has been established, in the drawing out of what can be achieved by the application of that capacity. It would be helpful if the Minister could say in what way stress can be laid either in the Bill or in codes of practice on the importance of devoting sufficient time of service providers to establishing a means of communication and then using it.