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Mentally Ill: Health Services

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total construction cost was of the three most recently completed (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high security mental health units in England and Wales, excluding the cost of the land purchased; how many beds were provided by each such unit; and on what date construction commenced in each case. (300799)

I have been asked to reply.

Information on the three most recent mental health capital investment schemes approved by the Department is given in the following table. The further details requested can only be obtained from the business cases which would incur disproportionate cost. Details of capital investment schemes below the Department’s delegated limit for approval are not held centrally.

Three most recent capital investment schemes approved by the Department


Capital cost (£ million)

Build start

Open date

Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust


9 October 2007

10 June 2009

Reprovision of mental health services

South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


5 October 2007

7 May 2009

Medium and low security mental health unit on Runwell hospital site

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


23 December 2004

7 April 2008

Elderly and mental health units