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Mentally Iii Persons (Residential Accommodation)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the level of residential provision for mentally handicapped adults per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward";(2) what was the level of residential provision for mentally handicapped children per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward".

Information is not yet available for 1979–80, but the position at the end of the previous financial year, set out in the table below, shows that local authorities are broadly on target with the projections for 1979–80 given in "The Way Forward".

Level of provision on 31 March 1979 (per 1,000 of the population)'The Way Forward' projection for 1979–80
Adults (16 years and over)0·360·35
Children (0·15 years)0·210·24

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the level of residential provision for the mentally ill per 1,000 appropriate population in 1979–80; and how this compares with the illustrative projection published in "The Way Forward".

According to the latest figures at 31 March 1979, the level of residential provision (including places in voluntary and private homes) available to local authorities for the mentally ill was 0·12 places per 1,000 population; this precisely matches the illustrative projection for 1979–80 published in "The Way Forward".