HC Deb 05 March 1981 vol 1000 c160W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Attorney-General if he will seek to make legal aid available to allow patients appearing before mental health review tribunals and for parents whose children have been put into care to be represented; and if he will make a statement.

The Attorney-General

There are insufficient funds at present available for providing such legal representation. Should additional funds become available such representations will have to be considered together with competing claims on such funds. Legal advice and assistance short of representation is already available.