§ Mr. Worthington
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the role of the Mental Welfare Commission regarding community care policies for the mentally ill; and what changes he is considering in this role.
§ Mr. Stewart
[holding answer 20 May 1994]: The functions and duties of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland are set out in part II of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984. The Act places a general duty on the commission to exercise protective functions in respect of mentally disordered people who are, or may be, incapable of adequately protecting their persons or interests. In the exercise of that duty, the commission is constantly monitoring the implementation of the community care policies as they affect individuals with a mental disorder.