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Electoral Register (Mental Patients)

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the latest figures available of the number of patients in mental hospitals who are prevented from being on the electoral register because they are not able to use the hospital address and have no other address.

Information is not available on the number of patients of voting age who are resident in mental hospitals as defined in section 4(3) of the Representation of the People Act 1949 and who have no other address. It could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.