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Mental Health Services

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many adults were formally detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1997-98; and how many adult inpatient beds for (a) mental illness specialties and (b) learning disabilities specialties there were in each year since 1997; (131872)

(2) how many people under the age of 18 were formally detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1997-98.

Information about the number of formal detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 since 1997-98 and on the number of inpatient beds for mental illness and learning disabilities is shown in the following tables. These figures relate to all age groups of adults and children and separate data covering this period has not been collected centrally about the number of people under the age of 18 who were formally detained.

Table 1: Number of detentions under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation (England): children and adults of all ages

Number

1997-98

43,871

1998-99

47,867

1999-2000

47,526

2000-01

47,513

2001-02

47,806

2002-03

46,489

2003-04

45,691

2004-05

46,673

2005-06

47,394

Source:

Information Centre published data form KP90

Table 2: Number of national health service beds for mental illness specialties (England)

Number

1997-98

36,601

1998-99

35,692

1999-2000

34,173

2000-01

34,214

2001-02

32,783

2002-03

32,753

2003-04

32,252

2004-05

31,286

2005-06

29,802

Source:

Information Centre published data form KH03

Table 3: Number of NHS beds for learning disability specialties (England)

Number

1997-98

8,197

1998-99

7,491

1999-2000

6,834

2000-01

6,316

2001-02

5,694

2002-03

5,038

2003-04

5,212

2004-05

4,415

2005-06

3,927

Source:

Information Centre published data form KH03