HC Deb 31 March 1958 vol 585 c91W
64. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the action of the lay magistrate in signing certificates for the compulsory removal of a person to mental and mental deficiency hospitals under the Lunacy Act, as amended, and the Mental Deficiency Act, is the only form of judicial action from which there is no appeal; and whether he will introduce legislation not only to provide for tribunals of appeal but also to ensure that any powers of original detention are in the hands of a judicial authority with special experience of the problems.

Mr. Walker-Smith

These matters fall to be considered in conjunction with the new procedures recommended by the Royal Commission.