Mental Health Bill [HL]

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 19th February 2007.

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Photo of Lord Carlile of Berriew Lord Carlile of Berriew Liberal Democrat 4:00 pm, 19th February 2007

My Lords, I apologise for interrupting the noble Lord but I hope that he will further clarify the issues that I raised about certainty in the courts. Is it the noble Lord's understanding that the legislative device—I use that word in a neutral sense—that he suggests will mean that courts reviewing decisions will regard the principles in the code of practice as having equivalent status to similar principles in the Act?