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Detained Persons (Statistics)

Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally-disordered prisoners were released at the expiry of their sentences in (a) 1981 and (b) so far in 1982 because no hospital would accept them; what were their dates of release, ages, sex and convictions; and what further offences they have committed since release.

In 1981, 14 prisoners whose transfer to hospital under section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1959 was pending were released from prison on the expiry of their sentences. So far, in 1982, four such prisoners have been released. Details are given in the following table. I regret, however, that up to date information about offences which may have been committed by these persons after their release from prison is not readily available.

AgeSexDate of releaseOffences of which convicted
25Male2 February 1981Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
33Male12 February 1981Incest
21Male16 February 1981Assault on police; being a suspected person; criminal damage
23Male20 March 1981Taking and driving away; assault occasioning actual bodily harm; criminal damage; possessing offensive weapon
25Male14 April 1981Assault; theft; criminal damage
28Male14 April 1981Assault occasioning actual bodily harm; theft
23Male6 May 1981Attempted theft
35Male11 June 1981Attempting to obtain by deception
31Male17 July 1981Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
AgeSexDate of releaseOffences of which convicted
24Male5 August 1981Theft
39Female23 September 1981Assault on police
23Male8 October 1981Robbery
49Male11 December 1981Burglary
25Male31 December 1981Absconding from bail; bomb hoaxes
54Male2 March 1982Criminal damage; assault on police
27Male11 March 1982Burglary; obtaining by deception; theft
22Male13 May 1982Arson
21Male18 June 1982Theft

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally-disordered offenders there were in prison at the latest available date by prison and category of the Mental Health Act 1959 into which they fall.

The number of persons in Prison Department establishments on 30 September whom the medical officer considered to be mentally disordered within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1959 was as follows:

EstablismentMental illnessSevere sub-normalitySub-normalityPsycho-pathic disorderTotal
HMP Albany33
HMRC Ashford6118
HMP Bedford55
HMP Birmingham1010
HMP Bristol617
HMP Brixton48149
HMRC Brockhill11
HMB Bullwood Hall145
HMP Canterbury33
HMP Cardiff33
HMP Cookham Wood22
HMP Dartmoor3227
HMP Durham426
HMP Exeter22
HMB Feltham426
HMP Gartree412126
AgeSexPrisonOffences of which convictedEarliest date of release from prisonDate of receipt of report recommending transfer
41MaleWormwood ScrubsMurderLife imprisonment5 November 1981
31MaleWandsworthCriminal damage21 February 19837 December 1981
26MaleWandsworthCriminal damage16 March 198326 January 1982
27MaleWormwood ScrubsAttempted murderLife imprisonment25 February 1982
55MaleParkhurstArsonLife imprisonment23 February 1982
43MaleWandsworthManslaughterLife imprisonment29 April 1982
25MaleWandsworthAssault13 October 198330 June 1982
20MaleGlen ParvaBurglary15 February 198311 August 1982
29MaleWandsworthIndecent assault24 July 198324 August 1982
21FemaleRisleyArson23 October 19831 September 1982
41MaleWakefieldArsonLife imprisonment1 August 1982
38FemaleHollowayManslaughterLife imprisonment28 September 1982
34FemaleDurhamMurderLife imprisonment5 October 1982
38FemaleRisleyCriminal damage6 February 198314 October 1982
36MaleParkhurstRape, buggery, assault31 March 19872 November 1982
32MaleWandsworthCustoms evasion11 January 19848 November 1982
32MaleWormwood ScrubsThreatening behaviour, indecent assault22 December 198223 November 1982
22MalePentonvilleFailing to surrender to bail, assault1 January 198326 November 1982


Mental illness

Severe sub-normality


Psycho-pathic disorder


HMB Glen Parva3216
HMP Gloucester213
HMP Holloway122721
HMP Kingston347
HMP Leeds1111
HMP Leicester33
HMP Lewes33
HMP Lincoln415
HMP Long Lartin11
HMRC Low Newton11
HMP Manchester718
HMP Norwich2114
HMP Onley22
HMP Oxford88
HMP Parkhurst1212
HMB Portland11
HMRC Pucklechurch11
HMP Reading33
HMRC Risley112
HMB Rochester11
HMP Stafford11
HMP Styal1124
HMP Swansea213
HMP Wakefield77
HMP Wandsworth8311
HMP Winchester101112
"HMP Wormwood Scrubs22

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally-disordered offenders are awaiting transfer to a National Health Service or special hospital; and if he will list their ages, sex, prisons, convictions, release dates, lengths of time waiting and the names of the hospitals concerned.

Eighteen prisoners are currently awaiting transfer to hospital under section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1959. Since the difficulty in many cases lies in finding a hospital suitable for the prisoner and able to receive him, it is not practicable to identify the hospitals concerned. The other particulars requested are as follows: