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Lunacy Act

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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asked the Home Secretary whether he will give, for the last available year, the number of cases where medical officers or attendants have sent in certificates under Clause 8 of the Lunacy Act, 1890, stating that it would be prejudicial for a patient to exercise his right to go before or be visited by a judicial authority?

The number of cases in the year 1913 where medical officers have-sent in such certificates from institutions was 367. The figures for private patients in single care have not been tabulated.

asked the Home Secretary whether he will give, for the last available year, the number of reception orders made under the Lunacy Act, 1890, distinguishing those made after-consideration, under Section 6, those made without a judicial authority personally seeing the alleged lunatic, those where the alleged lunatic has exercised the right to go before a judicial authority under Section 8, and orders after inquisition under Section 12?

The number of reception orders into institutions made under Section 6 of the Lunacy Act, 1890, was, in the year 1913, 2,144. The orders made after consideration cannot be distinguished from those made forthwith. Those made without the patient being seen by the judicial authority before the order was made were 1,414. In seventy-seven cases the patient exercised the right to go before a judicial authority given by Section 8. The above figures do not include private patients in single care. The number of persons found of unsound mind after inquisition was five in 1912, the last year for which statistics are available.