HC Deb 03 April 1987 vol 113 c660W
Mrs. Shields

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards civil rights for mentally handicapped people.

Mrs. Currie

[pursuant to her reply, 2 April 1987]: The Government's policy is that people with a mental handicap should, within their capacity to exercise those rights directly and through the advocacy of others where necessary, have the same basic rights as everyone else; and should in addition be entitled to enabling support according to their current individual needs.