Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013
55th Parliament of the United Kingdom
|Introduced by||Gavin Barwell|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal Assent||28 February 2013|
|Status: Current legislation|
|History of passage through Parliament|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013 (introduced into Parliament as the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom introduced to the House of Commons by Gavin Barwell, the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Croydon Central.
There are four sections of the Act.
Section 1 ("Members of Parliament etc") removes from the Mental Health Act 1983 the provision that disqualifies from the House of Commons a member sectioned for over six months under that Act. Section 2 ("Jurors") qualifies the restrictions of jury members who are receiving mental health treatment. Section 3 ("Company directors") modifies Regulations in relation to the employment of director's appointments. The final section gives the Secretary of State power to determine when the section relating to juries take effect; the other provisions came into force with Royal Assent.
Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, said the Bill would bring public understanding of mental health "into the 21st century".
- "House of Commons Hansard for 20 June 2012". Hansard. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- Text of proposed bill Parliament.uk
- Stages of Bill Parliament.uk
- MPs back health discrimination Bill Press Association
- Govt to support Barwell's mental health bill Spectator's Blogs
- Mentally ill to be allowed to become MPs, serve on juries and be company directors The Daily Telegraph