HC Deb 26 October 1953 vol 518 cc328-9W
96. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Minister of Health whether he will recommend the extension of the terms of reference of the Royal Commission on the laws relating to mental disorders, so as to enable the Royal Commission to consider improvements in the present law and medical treatment of homosexuals.

Mr. Iain Macleod

It would not be appropriate to extend the terms of reference to cover the law with regard to these cases and their medical treatment. In so far, however, as they may be suffering from mental illness or mental defect their position as regards certification, detention and care will be covered in the same way as that of other persons so suffering.