To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many special hospital places are currently available in England and Wales; how many are occupied; and if he will make a statement.
There are some 1,750 places currently available at the three special hospitals—Broadmoor, Rampton and Ashworth—which cover England and Wales, of which 1,616 were occupied on 30 June 1990. A further 91 patients were away from hospital on trial leave. If the hon. Member requires more detailed information, I suggest that he writes to the chairman of the Special Hospitals Service Authority, Dr. David Edmond, who is responsible for the operational management of the special hospitals.