Clause 43

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 13 July 2006.

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Family and personal relationships

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills

I beg to move amendment No. 172, in clause 43, page 26, line 40, at end insert—

‘( ) This section does not apply to—

(a) the appointment of a person as a deputy under section 16(2)(b) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005;

(b) the appointment of a person to any position mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (f) of section 44(10) or to exercise any function mentioned in that paragraph;

(c) anything done by a person appointed as mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) above.’.

The amendment makes clear our intentions about family members who act as deputies on behalf of children or adults, and family members or friends who act on behalf of adults under lasting or enduring powers of attorney or who are DWP appointees charged with managing someone’s benefits or pension. Those who require such assistance are potentially at an increased risk of abuse, and it is therefore right that the individuals who provide those types of support should carry on regulated activity. People on the barred list  should therefore be barred from such activities. That seems to be common sense.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 43, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.