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Prisoners (Mental Illness)

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates of prisons are considered to be (a) mentally ill, (b) mentally subnormal or (c) psychopathic, respectively.

On 31st December 1977, the latest date for which figures are available, the following number of inmates of prison department establishments were considered by prison medical officers to be suffering from mental disorder of a nature or degree warranting their detention in hospital for medical treatment under the Mental Health Act 1959:

The figures I gave on 24th May are those of all police officers working in Special Branch or engaged on special branch work.—[Vol. 950, c. 1718.]