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Mental Health Act, 1959 (Section 60)

Volume 640: debated on Monday 15 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders suffering from psychopathic disorder, not including sub-normality of intelligence, have been placed under guardianship and detained in hospital by court order under Section 60 of the Mental Health Act, 1959; and if he will name the local authorities and hospitals concerned.

I regret that I have not yet received complete information about the number of hospital or guardianship orders made since 31st December, 1960. During the period 1st November, 1960, to 31st December, 1960, no guardianship orders were made on the ground of psychopathic disorder. During the same period sixteen hospital orders were made on the ground either of psychopathic disorder alone or of psychopathic disorder combined with mental illness; although this figure excludes orders made on account of psychopathic disorder combined with subnormality, it may include some persons who are in fact of subnormal intelligence. The patients concerned were admitted to the following hospitals:

  • St. Lawrence Hospital, Bodmin.
  • St. John's Hospital, Stone, Bucks.
  • Digby-Wonford Hospital, Exeter.
  • Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone.
  • Bexley Hospital, Kent.
  • Lancaster Moor Hospital.
  • Roundway Hospital, Devizes.
  • Little Plumstead Hospital, Norwich.
  • Burghill Hospital, Hereford.
  • St. James' Hospital, Portsmouth.
  • Hollow Meadows Hospital, Sheffield.
  • Central Hospital, Warwick.
  • Brentry Hospital, Bristol.
  • Darenth Park Hospital, Dartford.
  • West Park Hospital, Epsom.
  • Rampton Hospital, Notts.