asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects the first regional secure psychiatric unit to be established; where it will be sited; and when the others will follow.
The South Western Regional Health Authority expects that the regional secure unit planned to be sited at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, will be completed by 1980, and the North Western Regional Health Authority hope that the unit at Prestwich Hospital, Manchester will also be completed in 1980. All regional health authorities are planning secure psychiatric units, and preliminary planning submissions from seven regional health authorities have been given approval or are under consideration. It is hoped that the units will be established in the early 1980s. All regions have been asked to ensure that interim secure psychiatric facilities are provided in the meantime.