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Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act had been held in police custody in the latest period for which figures are available. (241324)

Comprehensive national information on the number of people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 is not available. Research by the Independent Complaints Commission estimated that a total of 11,517 people were detained in police stations in England and Wales under section 136 in 2005-06. In the same year, statistics published by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care record 5,495 detentions under section 136 in hospitals in England and statistics published by the National Assembly for Wales record a further 263 people detained in mental health facilities in Wales.