637. Functions of independent mental capacity advocates.

The appropriate national authority1 may make regulations as to the functions of independent mental capacity advocates2.

The regulations may, in particular, make provision requiring an advocate to take such steps as may be prescribed3 for the purpose of:


    (1)     providing support to the person whom he has been instructed to represent ('P') so that P may participate as fully as possible in any relevant decision4;


    (2)     obtaining and evaluating relevant information5;


    (3)     ascertaining what P's wishes and feelings would be likely to be, and the beliefs and values that would be likely to influence P, if he had capacity6;