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Crime: Mental Health Act

Volume 686: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether statistics on crimes committed by individuals while detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 are collected by individual police forces.[HL8042]

The information requested is not available centrally. Data collected outside Home Office requirements are a matter for individual chief officers. The statistics collected by forces also vary according to the computer systems used in individual forces.

Home Office statistical bulletin 22/05, entitled Statistics of Mentally Disordered Offenders 2004, gives statistics on admission of unrestricted patients by offence and reconvictions of restricted patients. It does not, however, give statistics on crimes committed by those already detained or sectioned. A copy of this publication is available at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/hosb2205.pdf.