James Evans MS

James Evans MS

Development of the Mental Health Standards of Care (Wales) Bill

Published 18/10/2022   |   Last Updated 02/02/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

  • Ballot winner: James Evans MS, Proposal 016, The Mental Health (Wales) Bill

From time to time, the Presiding Officer must hold a ballot to determine the name of a Member, other than a member of the government, who may seek the Senedd’s agreement to introduce a Bill.

A Member must provide "pre-ballot information" to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill.

If the Senedd agrees to the introduction of such a Bill, the Ballot winner may consult on their proposals before formally introducing their Bill.

Key Milestones Details

Ballot date

 18 October 2023

Debate at which the Senedd will consider the introduction of a Bill to give effect to the information included in the Explanatory Memorandum

Explanatory Memorandum to the proposal tabled on 22 November 2023

Leave to proceed secured

Plenary, 13 December 2023


On 2 February 2024, James Evans MS launched a consultation on his proposal for a Mental Health Standards of Care (Wales) Bill, inviting people to give their views on the policy objectives of the proposed law. The consultation is scheduled to close on 22 March 2024.

This Bill was originally titled the Mental Health (Wales) Bill.

Prior to tabling an Explanatory Memorandum to the proposal, James Evans changed its title to become the Mental Health Standards of Care (Wales) Bill.