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Mental Patients

Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the recent decision in a Scottish court to sentence former inmates of a metal hospital to imprisonment for the rest of their natural lives, he will discuss with the prison service the most appropriate means of detaining such persons; and if he will make a statement.

In discharge of my statutory responsibilities for prison in Scotland I am currently considering the allocation and management of these prisoners. In reaching decisions I shall take full account of the need to protect the public and prison staff.