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Official Papers for Social Care and Social Policy: Legislation


A Bill becomes an Act of Parliament if it is approved by a majority in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and formally agreed to by the reigning monarch (known as Royal Assent). An Act of Parliament is a law, enforced in all areas of the UK where it is applicable.

A list of bills before Parliament in the current Parliamentary session.  


Hard copies of UK legislation are available at Bodleian Law Library. Acts of Parliament (full statue book as amended and repealed) are available through OxLIP+ on Justis, Lexis Nexis Butterworth, and Westlaw. You may also find the following links useful:

The Statute Law Database   The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online.

Office of Public Sector Information Legislation on this website is available as enacted in its original format and as revised text. Listed are Acts, Local Acts and Statutory Instruments for the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Mental Capacity Act

Mental Capacity Act 2005

There are five key principles in the Act:

Every adult has the right to make his or her own decisions and must be assumed to have capacity to make them unless it is proved otherwise.
A person must be given all practicable help before anyone treats them as not being able to make their own decisions.
Just because an individual makes what might be seen as an unwise decision, they should not be treated as lacking capacity to make that decision.   
Anything done or any decision made on behalf of a person who lacks capacity must be done in their best interests.    
Anything done for or on behalf of a person who lacks capacity should be the least restrictive of their basic rights and freedoms.