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Mentally Disturbed Offenders

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) men and (b) women were (i) sentenced to prison, (ii) given community sentences and (iii) detained in appropriate hospital accommodation prior to sentencing in each of the last five years. (252574)

Information is not available to answer the question as posed.

The numbers of males and females (all ages) sentenced to custodial and community sentences in the last five years for which data are available are given in the following table.

Number of persons given custody1 or community sentences, 2003-07

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Custody1

Males

100,759

99,651

101,051

117,166

122,547

Females

9,434

9,526

9,851

12,360

13,347

Total

110,193

109,177

110,902

129,526

135,894

Community sentence

Males

163,136

172,166

172,859

161,444

165,807

Females

28,545

30,780

31,388

29,393

30,517

Total

191,681

202,946

204,247

190,837

196,324

1 Immediate and suspended custodial sentences.

Note:

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.

The annual Statistical Bulletins of Mentally Disordered Offenders show that for England and Wales, over the last five years for which figures are available, the numbers of mentally disordered offenders admitted to hospital as restricted patients were:

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Males

894

948

1,218

1,213

1.279

Females

112

138

111

137

161

Total

1,006

1,086

1,329

1,350

1,440

These figures do not include hospital orders without restrictions, for which statistics are not available. The figures include a relatively large group transferred from prison either after sentence, or while untried or unsentenced. They also include a smaller group admitted under a hospital order with restriction order. Additionally, they include some patients recalled to hospital by the Secretary of State, and very small numbers admitted from other parts of the United Kingdom (see Table 5 of ‘Statistics of Mentally Disordered Offenders 2006 England and Wales’). Bulletins on mentally disordered offenders can be downloaded from:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics.htm

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) men and (b) women were transferred from prison to appropriate hospital accommodation under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last five years; and what proportion waited over (i) six and (ii) 12 weeks for transfer; (252575)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female prisoners who have (i) one and (ii) two or more mental health conditions together with an alcohol or substance abuse problem;

(3) what the average size of a mental health prisoner in-reach team is; and what the average number of prisoners in the prisons they serve is.

I have been asked to reply.

The data requested are not held centrally in the format requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much has been spent on (a) mental health in-reach services for prisons and (b) other mental health services in prisons in each of the last three years. (252682)

I have been asked to reply.

Since 2006 £200 million has been invested each year, including £20 million every year on mental health in-reach services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken to undertake routine screening of prisoners for health problems was (a) on initial entry to a prison establishment and (b) subsequently in the latest period for which figures are available. (252684)

I have been asked to reply.

All new prisoners have a first reception health screen undertaken on entry into custody, this initial health screen generally takes up to 30 minutes to complete. A second health screen which provides a more in depth history of an individuals health and allows for care and treatment to be planned, is completed within the first five days of being in custody.

We do not hold the figures requested centrally.