Draft Mental Health Bill Committee - Membership Motion

– in the House of Lords at 3:29 pm on 4th July 2022.

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Earl Howe:

Moved by Earl Howe

That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the draft Mental Health Bill presented to both Houses on 27 June 2022 (CP 699), and that the Committee should report on the draft Bill by 16 December 2022.

Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour

I wonder if it is possible to ask a question on this. This is a good way of dealing with a Bill. Why is a similar procedure not being followed for the Bill of Rights?

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

My Lords, the Bill of Rights fulfils a key manifesto commitment of the Government. We have already conducted a thorough and detailed consultation on it, which is why we think it right to introduce the Bill now and let the whole House debate it. Having said that, I am sure my right honourable friend the Deputy Prime Minister and my noble and learned friend Lord Bellamy would be pleased to engage with the noble Lord, other noble Lords and the relevant Select Committees as the Bill makes its way through Parliament.

Motion agreed.