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Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill 2012-13

Royal Assent

(This Bill is from a previous session)


  • Bill status:

    Bill is now an Act

  • Type of Bill:

    Ballot Bill


Last event

  • Royal Assent Royal Assent

    28 Feb 2013

    The Bill was given Royal Assent, to become the Mental Health (Discrimination) (No.2) Bill.


A Bill presented by Gavin Barwell MP to make further provision about discrimination against people on the grounds of their mental health.

The Bill aims to:

  • remove the blanket ban that forbids anyone suffering with a mental disorder from regularly undertaking jury service;
  • amend existing legislation which states that a person may cease to be a director of a public or private company because of a mental health condition, and;
  • remove legislation whereby an MP is required to forfeit seat if they are sectioned under the Mental Health Act for a period of more than six months.

In the current parliamentary session, Lord Stevenson of Coddenham tabled a similar Bill tackling discrimination against people suffering with mental health problems, but a second reading date has yet to be scheduled for that Bill.