asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many interim secure units for the mentally ill are in existence; and how many places they contain.
I shall reply to the hon. Member as soon as information, recently received from regional health authorities, has been collated.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many regional health authorities have established regional secure units; and how many have not.
None of the 14 regional health authorities in England has yet established a permanent regional secure unit, but the first one is due to open later this year in the Northern region. The majority of regional health authorities have, however, submitted detailed plans to the Department, and interim secure facilities are in operation in several regions.