Mental Health Bill [HL] — Exclusions from the Act — 19 Feb 2007 at 17:37

The mental health bill is largely being used to amend the 1983 Mental Health Act. This is therefore an amendment to a bill to amend that Act.

As it stood before this amendment the Bill would remove the ban on forced detention ("sectioning") for "promiscuity or other immoral conduct, sexual deviancy"

This amendment added exclusions to dention on the grounds of

  • Promiscuity or other immoral conduct, sexual deviancy
  • Cultural, religious or political beliefs
  • Cultural, religious or political beliefs
  • Commission, or likely commission, of illegal or disorderly acts

The crucial one is probably the last one.

Of course these are not barriers to the detention of someone with another reason for detention, simply that detention cannot be solely on these grounds. The exclusion of alcohol or drug dependency also remains.

The Lords voted to add these provisions to the Bill

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 216; Not-Contents, 128.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Content)Minority (Not-Content)Turnout
Bishop1 03.8%
Con112 (+1 tell) 054.1%
Crossbench38 221.2%
Independent Labour1 0100.0%
Lab1 124 (+2 tell)58.5%
LDem59 (+1 tell) 075.9%
UKIP1 050.0%
Total:213 12647.4%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

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Lord Kilclooney Crossbenchno
Lord Rees-Mogg Crossbenchno
Baroness Kennedy of The ShawsLabaye

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