§ Mr. Oliver
There are no resident psychiatrists at penal establishments. The preliminary investigation of cases in which any question of mental condition arises is undertaken by the skilled medical staff, many of whom have special experience and qualifications in psychiatry, and cases which appear to be suitable for treatment are transferred to a prison in London where further investigation and treatment, if required, are carried out by visiting psychiatrists.
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
How many prisoners does each psychiatrist have to look after? What steps are taken to increase the number of psychiatrists?
§ Mr. Oliver
I cannot answer the last part of my hon. and learned Friend's question. The view of the Department is, that it is a great advantage to have outside psychiatrists working inside the prisons. In the view of the Department much advantage has been derived thereby.
§ Mr. Renton
Is the hon. Member aware that the situation referred to by the hon. Member for Oldham (Mr. Hale) is largely due to the fact that many psychiatrists get it into their heads that criminals who are perfectly healthy mentally are not responsible for their actions? Will he ensure that psychiatrists go about their work in such a way as not to take that view?