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Mentally Ill: Convictions

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of those convicted of criminal offences in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years were sentenced by mental health order disposals. (133129)

The mental health order disposal available in the criminal courts is the hospital order. The following table gives the number of hospital order disposals and the total number of disposals for those convicted, for the calendar years 2001 to 2005. Due to small numbers the percentage of those sentenced by hospital orders has not been calculated.

Data are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Table: Number of hospital orders and total number of disposals given 2001 to 20051,2

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Number of hospital order disposals

1

3

2

2

6

Total number of disposals

24,350

24,100

26,675

27,925

26,255

1 Data are collated on the principal offence rule; thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included. 2Data for 2005 are provisional.