§ 2. Mr. Anthony Greenwood
asked the Minister of Health under what conditions patients in mental hospitals are employed on outside work; what steps 306 are taken to see that any such work is conducive to their rehabilitation and that they are not given alcohol when so employed; and whether the agreement of their next-of-kin is obtained.
§ Mr. Greenwood
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask him, so far as the kind of work is concerned, whether he will discourage any repetition of the practice by which until recently mental patients were employed as beaters by the Mid-Essex Coursing Club and caused considerable distress among their fellow patients by their unpleasant descriptions of the sufferings of the hare?
§ Sir Waldron Smithers
Is it not obvious that some patients from mental hospitals have escaped and are now members of His Majesty's Government?