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Mental Health (Discrimination) (No 2) Bill

Published Monday, September 10, 2012

This briefing has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No 2) Bill on 14 September 2012. The Bill is sponsored by Gavin Barwell MP, who was fourth in the 2012-13 ballot for Private Members’ Bills.

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This briefing has been prepared for the Second Reading of the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No 2) Bill on 14 September 2012. The Bill is sponsored by Gavin Barwell MP, who was fourth in the 2012-13 ballot for Private Members’ Bills.

The Bill is intended to reduce the stigma and negative perceptions associated with mental illness. It would repeal legislative provisions that can prevent people with mental health conditions from serving as Members of Parliament, members of the devolved legislatures, jurors, or company directors. It is based on a Bill with the same title introduced by Lord Stevenson of Coddenham in the previous Session. The Bill has the support of the Government and mental health charities.

The Bill had its First Reading on 20 June 2012 and was published, along with its Explanatory Notes, on 6 September 2012.

Commons Briefing papers RP12-52

Authors: Tom Powell; Richard Kelly; Sally Lipscombe; Tim Edmonds

Topics: Equality, Members of Parliament, Mental health

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