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Section 3 — Meaning of "mental Disorder" in the 1984 Act

Part of Mental Health (Public Safety and Appeals) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2 – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:45 pm on 8th September 1999.

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Photo of Kay Ullrich Kay Ullrich Scottish National Party 4:45 pm, 8th September 1999

I am glad that Cathy Jamieson thinks that she knows better than the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.

Let us not lose sight of the fact that the vast majority of people who have a personality disorder live what are by popular definition normal lives. They do not commit crimes and they do not pose a threat to public safety. Let us be precise in the group that we target. We are targeting the Ruddles of this world-those with a personality disorder that makes them seriously anti-social, violent and a danger to society.

I therefore ask the committee to support amendment 28.