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LUNATIC ASYLUMS (SCOTLAND) BILL.
LIST OF CLAUSES.
Repeal of recited Acts; sect. 1.
Officers to continue till recalled, and orders made under repealed Acts to be good; 2.
Interpretation of words ; 3.
6. Members of Board not to derive profit for discharging their Duties, except as provided ; 7.
Powers and meetings of Board ; 8 to 12.
Licenses to keep Private Asylums to be granted by the Board, and may be temporarily continued or transferred; 19 to 22.
Monies received for Licenses to be deposited in Bank; 23.
As to the reception and keeping of Lunatics in Licensed Asylums and Houses ; 25 to 32.
Expense attending the committing and maintenance of Lunatics, how to be borne ; 33
Medical attendance upon Private Asylums ; 34.
Districts for Asylums for Pauper Lunatics fixed, and Appointment and Duties of District Boards; 37 to 39.
District Asylums to be provided, and to be under charge of District Boards, and Expense to be defrayed by Assessment ; 40 to 52.
Charge for Pauper Lunatics, and application of Monies received ; 53. District Boards to keep Books ; 54. Pauper Lunatics to be detained in District Asylums, and Expense of their Maintenance to be provided for; 55 to 60. Sheriff
may commit dangerous Lunatics, and transmit Lunatics to another County ; 61, 62. Removal and Liberation of Lunatics; 63 to 65. 223
Pauper Lunatics to be sent to Asylum of the District, or may be kept in their Parishes; 66, 67.
Registers of Lunatics to be kept; 68 to 70.
Recovery and application of Penalties ; 73, 74.
Powers granted to Sheriffs to be without prejudice to their Powers at
be altered or repealed ; 77.
To amend the Law of Scotland relative to the Care and
Custody of Lunatics, and for the better Regulation of
[Note.—The Words printed in Italics are proposed to be inserted
in the Committee.]
HEK&as an Act was passed in the fifty-fifth year of Preamble :
the reign of his Majesty King George the Third, inti- 55 G. 3, c. 69. tuled, “ An Act to regulate Madhouses in Scotland :"
And whereas another Act was passed in the ninth year of the reign 9G. 4, c. 31. of his Majesty King GEORGE the Fourth, intituled, " An Act for altering and amending an Act passed in the fifty-fifth year of the reign of his late Majesty, intituled, . An Act to regulate Madhouses in Scotland :""
And whereas another Act was passed in the Session of Parliament 4 & 5 Vict. 10 holden in the fourth and fifth years of the reign of Her present
Majesty, intituled, “ An Act to alter and amend certain Acts regülating Madhouses in Scotland, and to provide for the Custorly of dangerous Lanatics :
And whereas it is expedient that the said recited Acts should be 15 repealed, and that more efficient provision should be made for the
regulation of Lunatic Asylums, and for securing and providing for the custody of pauper and dangerous Lunatics in Scotland;
be it Enacted, by The QUEEN's most Excellent MAJESTY, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by 223
Repeal of the the Authority of the same, THAT from and after the First day of
January One thousand eight hundred and Forty-nine, the said recited
2. Officers to
And be it Enacted, That the Inspectors, resident medical officers, continue till recalled, and
keepers, attendants, and all other officers or servants appointed under 5
they shall be re-appointed or superseded by the appointment of other
3. Interpretation of words.
And be it Enacted, That the following words and expressions in
which the admission of lunatics is a matter of arrangement between the keeper thereof and the party seeking or promoting the reception of the lunatic therein; the words “ District Asylum” or
“ District Asylums” shall mean the asylum of the district described in the 5 Schedule (F.) hereunto annexed within which the asylum shall be
situated, or which shall be provided as the asylum of such district under this Act; and the word “Lunatic” shall mean and include all mad or surious or fatuous persons, or persons so diseased or affected in
mind as to render them unfit, in the opinion of competent medical per10 sons, to be at large, either as regards their own personal safety and
conduct or the safety of the persons and property of others, or of the public; the word “ Sheriff” shall mean the Sheriff of and acting in the county of wbich he is Sheriff, and shall include the Sheriff Substitutes ;
the words “ Sheriff Clerk” shall mean the Sheriff Clerk of the county of 15 which he is Sheriff Clerk, and shall include Steward Clerk; words im
porting the singular number shall include the plural number, and words importing the plural number shall include the singular number; words importing the masculine gender shall include females; the word
" Person" and the word “ Owner” shall extend to trustees and to 20 bodies politic or corporate as well as to individuals; the word
" Month” shall mean calendar month; the word “ Oath ” shall include affirmation in the case of Quakers, or other declaration or solemnity legally substituted for an oath, in the case of persons exempted by law from taking an oath.
And be it Enacted, That a General Board of Directors shall be and General Board is hereby established for carrying into effect the purposes of this Act; esta blished. and the said Board shall consist of the following persons ; namely, of a person to be appointed by Her Majesty, who shall be the permanent
Chairman of the said Board, and to whom there shall be paid a salary 30 not exceeding Eight hundred Pounds per annum; the Lord Advocate of
Scotland for the time being, and the Solicitor-General of Scotland, both for the time being; the Sheriff of Midlothian for the time being, the Sheriff of
for the time being, and the Sheriff of for the time being, such Sheriffs being resident in Edinburgh, or if 35 any of the said Sheriffs shall not be resident in Edinburgh, then during
the period of such non-residence such other Sheriff of one or other of the counties of Scotland, being resident in Edinburgh, as shall be fixed by One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State; and to each of the
said Sheriffs, so long as he shall be a member of the Board, there shall 40 be paid, in addition to his salary as a Sheriff, an allowance not exceed.
ing One hundred Pounds per annum ; and it shall be lawful for Her Majesty to appoint such additional number of persons, not exceeding Two, to be members of the Board, as to Her Majesty may seem proper ; and the amount of such salary to the Chairman, and of such allowances to the Sheriffs, shall be fixed by the Commissioners of Her 223