Following the recommendation in the report of the Lords’ Liaison committee that an ad hoc post-legislative scrutiny committee be appointed to consider the MCA 2005, the House of Lords approved on 14.5.13, the appointment of a committee to "consider and report on" the Act. The proposed members are:

  • Lord Hardie (Chairman)
  • Lord Alderdice
  • Baroness Andrews
  • Baroness Barker
  • Baroness Browning
  • Lord Faulks
  • Baroness Hollins
  • Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall
  • Lord Patel of Bradford
  • Baroness Shephard of Northwold
  • Lord Swinfen
  • Lord Turnberg

As Lucy Series notes, there are grounds for cautious optimism in the selection of the membership, Lord Patel, for instance, having been until recently the chair of the MHA Commission, and Baroness Browning having identified during the passage of what became Schedule A1 some of the difficulties that might arise if a deprivation of liberty was not given a definition.

The Committee has powers to appoint special advisors, to send for persons, papers and records, to 'adjourn from place to place' within the UK and take and publish evidence. It will report by 28.2.14.