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Hospitals (Electro-Convulsive Therapy)

Volume 955: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the hospitals in Scotland where electroconvulsive therapy treatment is given; the number of patients in each hospital who have received it in the current year; and what representations he has received and from whom as to the right of patients to refuse to have such treatment.

children in Scotland are receiving Gaelic tuition in Scotland, broken down into regions.

I understand that the Highland Regional Council sought the views of parents in Skye earlier this year on the provision of bilingual education and that as a result the region has set up experimental provision of bilingual Gaelic/English education in five primary schools and have provided Gaelic teaching in another primary school. I understand also that the council has now asked school councils in the Sutherland area for their views on Gaelic teaching, following an earlier survey undertaken by parents. I am not aware of any surveys undertaken by Grampian Regional Council.The numbers of teachers giving tuition in Gaelic language and literature and the numbers of children receiving such tuition at September 1977 were as follows:receiving such tuition at September 1977 were as follows:

The statistical information required is not available. No central records are kept of those hospitals in Scotland where electro-convulsive therapy treatment is given or the number of patients in each hospital who receive it.Representations on the right of patients to refuse electro-convulsive therapy have been made by the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights—sponsored by the Church of Scientology—and, in the current year, by three former patients. Treatment is not given without the consent of the patient unless in very exceptional circumstances in the case of a detained patient.