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Mental Illness

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential places and places for day care for the mentally ill there were in (a) 1979–80 and (b) 1991–92.

Information on residential and day centre places provided by local authority social services departments at 31 March 1980 and the latest available date is given in the table. Detailed figures for the period 1980 to 1990 were published in the statistical bulletin "Personal Social Services: Provision for people with mental illness in England 1980–90", a copy of which is in the Library. Information is not available centrally on the numbers of day care places provided by mental illness hospitals.

Number of places in residential homes and day centres for people with mental illness
As at 31 MarchNumber of places on residential homesNumber of places in day centres1
19805,8667,424
199011,70612,807
1991n/a15,113
1 Including places made available to local authorities by voluntary or private organisations and estimates of places for mentally ill people in day centres for mixed client groups.