Petitioner: W. Hunter Watson
14 November 2013
Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 to ensure that it is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
10 December 2013: The Committee took evidence from W. Hunter Watson, and Fiona Sinclair, Convener, Autism Rights. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland, NHS Scotland, the World Health Organization, the Scottish Health Council and the Law Society of Scotland. Link to Official Report 10 December 2013 (425KB pdf)
4 March 2014: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that there is broad agreement from the organisations that responded that the 2003 Act is compliant with human rights legislation and does not require amending in the way sought in the petition. In doing so, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government drawing its attention to the written submissions received by the Committee, inviting it to contact the individuals who had made submissions to invite their views as part of the consultation on the proposed Mental Health (Scotland) Bill and to request that the deadline for responses to the consultation be extended. Link to Official Report 4 March 2014 (403KB pdf)