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Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Interpretation (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time. Given that we have only nine minutes, I shall be extremely brief. I grateful to Members from all parties for their support for the Bill’s intentions and ambitions. Having spoken to many advocacy and professional groups outside the House, I know that the Bill in its current state will, if passed, give the United Kingdom some of the...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I am grateful to right hon. and hon. Members across the Chamber for the constructive way in which they have engaged with this debate, and for the kind comments thrown my way. It is important to say, however, that this Bill is the work of many people who have contributed to its development and to getting it to its current stage. I hope that this debate is a further contribution to...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I look forward to hearing the Minister address that point because I believe that she has proposals on how we take this forward. May I just take this opportunity to welcome to the Chamber Seni Lewis’s parents, Aji and Conrad Lewis? Following the tragic death of their son in 2010, they had to fight for seven years, because of a botched internal investigation, to secure an inquest to find...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: Although I agree with the hon. Gentleman that I would like to see changes, I am perfectly happy to accept the Minister’s assurances about dealing with them through guidance.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: If the hon. Gentleman were generous enough to draw his remarks to a close within a reasonably short period of time, the Minister would be able to put on record how the Government intend to deal with some of the issues that he quite rightly and legitimately raises. My belief is that there are other ways of dealing with them that would allow the Bill to proceed today.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I am sorry to intervene on the hon. Gentleman—I know that he is trying to be as brief and succinct as he can possibly be. [Laughter.] I take his point about medical records. I—like him, I suspect—believe strongly in patient empowerment, and I think that there is a case for the inclusion of records of restraint in patients’ medical notes. However, I am loth to support...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: Surely the point about an unconscious bias is that it is unconscious. If we do not collect the data and evidence to show what is happening to a particular group, it will continue to happen because no one has interrogated the data to understand what the problem is. For instance, women are more likely to be restrained than men in mental health services. More women are restrained than men, even...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: But nobody, in this Bill or elsewhere, is advocating proportionality in the way in which restraint is used. We are merely trying to ensure that the factors that may underpin unconscious bias are understood and articulated.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point, and I look forward to the comments of the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price). It is important that there is consistency across all forms of state detention so that those who suffer traumatic circumstances, or even death, are treated in the same way. If lessons are not learned...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I absolutely agree. The Bill sets up a process and attempts to change the culture of the services, and I hope that the Bill’s successful passage will not be the end of that process. The right hon. Gentleman’s point needs to be taken into account.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: As the Minister is present, it is probably best to allow her to speak for herself, rather than for me to attempt to interpret this on her behalf. I wish to turn next to the amendments tabled by the right hon. Member for North Norfolk, many of which I support in principle, having raised a number of them myself at previous stages. I am broadly satisfied that many, if not most, of the points...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but the point remains: if we take measures to deal with only physical restraint but not chemical restraint, we may simply push the services to use chemical restraint, such as rapid tranquilisation, more frequently and we would not wish to see that as an unintended consequence of amending the Bill further. On the nature of the use of force, the hon....

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I agree with the sentiment, but I do not think that the Bill should be too prescriptive. It is for the Government, working with professionals in the field, to determine the appropriate period within which refresher training should take place. However, it should definitely take place, because training done several years previously can easily be forgotten or the circumstances can change. There...

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill: Independent investigation of deaths (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I have sympathy for what the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) said, but I hope that during today’s debate we will find ways of achieving the objectives of his constructive amendments. The Bill is known as Seni’s law after Seni Lewis, a young man from Thornton Heath in my constituency who died in 2010 after a period of severe and prolonged face-down...

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (15 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I beg to move, That the House sit in private. Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 163), and negatived.

Immigration Rules: Paragraph 322(5) (13 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on securing this important debate. I will focus on one constituent, because the individual cases really highlight the damage the Government are doing. I have a woman constituent—she prefers to remain anonymous—who came here from Zimbabwe in 2007 after winning a British Council scholarship to Birkbeck College in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Jun 2018)

Steve Reed: I would like to give the Prime Minister another chance to answer the question that she keeps avoiding. The Cabinet agreed to publish a Brexit White Paper ahead of this month’s crunch EU Council meeting, to allow the Government to negotiate. The Brexit Secretary said it would be “detailed, ambitious and precise”. Will she confirm whether the Brexit White Paper will be...

Tower Block Cladding (21 May 2018)

Steve Reed: There is no enforceable legal obligation on builders, freeholders or insurance companies to pay for the removal of flammable cladding from private sector blocks, which means that the cladding will remain in place. Leaseholders feel that they are being hung out to dry and that their safety is being disregarded. If the Government believe that they can enforce a moral obligation, why do they not...


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