HC Deb 12 April 1989 vol 150 c611W
Dr. Twinn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the code of practice required under section 118 of the Mental Health Act 1983 will be laid before the House.

Mr. Freeman

There has been extensive consultation on two drafts of the code. I have established a small working group of people with wide experience of mental health matters to consider the comments received and produce a final draft, which we expect to lay before the House this autumn. The composition of the working group is as follows:


  • Mr. A. J. Collier, CB—formerly deputy secretary, Department of Health and Social Security;


  • Mr. M. Brown—Director of nursing (mental health) west Lambeth health authority;
  • Mrs. J. Miles—General manager, priority care services unit, Aylesbury Vale health authority;
  • Professor E. Murphy—Consultant psychiatrist and deputy chairman, mental health act commission;
  • Mr. N. Welch—Principal social worker, Oxfordshire county council social services department;


  • Mr. W. Bingley—Legal director of MIND, on secondment to the Department of Health while acting as secretary;

Assistant secretary:

  • Mrs. M. Houston—Department of Health.