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LUNATIC ASYLUMS (SCOTLAND) 'BILL.
[AS AMENDED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE].
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Officers to continue till recalled, and orders made under repealed Acts to be good; 2.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.
Members of Board not to derive profit for discharging their Duties, except as provided ; 7
Powers and meetings of Board; 8 to 13.
Licenses to keep Private Asylums to be granted by the Board, and may be temporarily continued or transferred; 23 to 25.
Sums to be paid for orders of Admission to public Asylums ; 26.
Monies received for Licenses to be deposited in Bank; Payment of Salaries and Expenses, &c.; 27.
As to the reception and keeping of Lunatics in Licensed Asylums and Houses ; 28 to 35.
Expense attending the committing and maintenance of Lunatics, how to be borne ; 36.
Medical attendance upon Private Asylums; 37.
Districts for Asylums for Pauper Lunatics fixed, and Appointment and Duties of District Boards; 40 to 43.
District Asylums not liable to Taxation; 44.
Property held in trust for establishment of an Asylum may be contributed in lieu of Assessment; 47.
County making over Asylum to District Board, to have deduction of Value; 48.
may commit dangerous Lunatics, and transınit Lunatics to another County ; 64, 65.
Detention of Lunatics in remote Places ; 66.
Pauper Lunatics to be sent to Asylum of the District, or may be kept in their Parishes; 70.
Repeal in part of 8 & 9 Vict., c. 83; 71.
Decision of the Board in case of differenc withe District Board to be referred to the Lord Advocate, whose decision shall be final.
Power to Lord Advocate to inspect Books of Board ; 77.
Powers granted to Sheriffs to be without prejudice to their Powers at Law; 84.
Act may be altered or repealed ; 85.
To amend the Law of Scotland relative to the Care and
Custody of Lunatics, and for the better Regulation of
[N.B.—The Clauses marked (A.) to (Y.), and Schedule (G.), were added
by the Committee.]
HERÈas 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 9 G. 4, c. 34. 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 regu-
And whereas it is expedient that the said recited Acts should be
regulation of Lunatic Asylums, and for securing and providing for the
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 450.
Repeal of the the Authority of the same, THAT from and after the First day or
January One thousand eight hundred and Forty-nine, the said recited
2. Officers to
And be it Enacted, That the Inspectors, resident medical officers, recalled, and keepers, attendants, and all other officers or servants appointed under
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” shall mean the
asylum of the district described in the Schedule (H.) hereunto 5 annexed within which the asylum shall be situated, or which shall be
provided as the asylum of such district under this Act; the words “House in terms of this Act” shall mean any house in which a single lunatic is kept under an order of the Sheriff ; the word
Superintendent” shall mean the person or persons having the 10 management or charge of any asyluın, and shall include the pro
prietor, and all persons having any pecuniary interest therein, or in the profits to be derived therefrom ; the words “ Medical Person,” shall mean any person beirg a member or licentiate of one or
other of the Royal Colleges of Physicians or Surgeons in Edin15 burgh or London, or holding a diploma from the faculty of Phy
sicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, or being a fellow or licentiate of the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Dublin, or of the College of Surgeons in Dublin, or holding the degree of
Doctor of Medicine from one of the Universities of Scotland, England 20 or Ireland, or having a right to practise medicine or surgery, from
having served in the army or navy; the word “ Lunatic” shall mean and include any mad or furious or fatuous person, or person so diseased or affected in mind as to render him unfit, in the opinion of
competent medical persons, to be at large, either as regards his own 25 personal safeiy 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 which he is Sheriff, and shall include the Sheriff Substitutes ; the words “ Sheriff Clerk” shall mean the
Sheriff Clerk, and Sheriff Clerk Depute of the county of which he is. 30
Sheriff Clerk, and shall include Steward Clerk, and Steward Clerk Depute; words importing 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 35 to trustees and to bodies politic or corporate as well as to individuals;
the word “ Month” shall mean calendar month; and 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; established. 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 not exceeding Eight hundred Pounds per annum; the Solicitor-General 450.