HC Deb 06 May 1952 vol 500 cc170-1
21 and 22. Mrs. Jean Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) the number of private homes under the Lunacy Acts, 1862 and 1913; the number of patients, minimum and maximum. in each home; and the number over 60 years of age;

(2) what total contribution he is making towards the upkeep of patients in private mental homes; and what are the minimum and maximum payments per patient.

Mr. J. Stuart

There are two institutions in Scotland licensed as private mental hospitals, for 90 and 36 patients. The numbers at present in residence are 32 and 36, of which 22 and 14 are over 60 years of age. There are no contributions from State funds towards the upkeep of these patients.

Mrs. Mann

Would the right hon. Gentleman say if there are private homes under the Lunacy Acts in Scotland with as few as four patients or 20 patients?

Mr. Stuart

There are, of course, other categories. Mental patients boarded out in private houses under guardianship numbered 502 at 1st January, 1952, the maximum number in any one house being four; but I have no statistics relating to age.

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