HC Deb 28 November 1996 vol 286 c340W
Dr. Bray

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he proposes to issue the revised code of practice for the guidance of medical practitioners and others in accordance with the requirements of the Mental Health Act (Scotland) 1984, referred to in his answer of 24 May 1995,Official Report, column 638; and which persons and organisations are being consulted. [6660]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

A revision of the current code of practice is now about to begin. This will take account of experience of recent legislation, including the new provisions relating to community care orders introduced by the Mental Health (Patients in the Community) Act 1995. There will be wide consultations with all relevant interests, including voluntary and professional organisations, before the new code is laid before Parliament.