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Hellingly Hospital (Behaviour Modification Treatment)

Volume 959: debated on Monday 4 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will initiate a national inquiry into behaviour modification treatment at present in use at Hellingly hospital; and if he will place in the Library details of his inquiries on the subject.

As my recent letter to my hon. Friend on this subject indicates, I am satified from the information I have received that the programme of behaviour modification in use in Alfriston Ward, Hellingly hospital, is carefully thought out and closely monitored. I do not consider that a national inquiry is called for. I am placing in the Library a copy of my letter of 28th November to my hon. Friend, excluding the details of the individual concerned. This gives the information provided in response to my inquiries on the subject.