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Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982

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1Replacement of " subnormality " by " mental impairment"

(1)For references in the Mental Health Act 1959 (" the principal Act") to subnormality or severe subnormality there shall be substituted references to mental impairment or severe mental impairment within the meaning of section 4 of that Act as amended by subsection (2) below.

(2)For subsections (2) and (3) of the said section 4 there shall be substituted—

(2)In this Act ' severe mental impairment' means a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning and is associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct on the part of the person concerned.

(3)In this Act 'mental impairment' means a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind (not amounting to severe mental impairment) which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning and is associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct on the part of the person concerned.

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