HC Deb 01 December 1955 vol 546 c2494
24. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total number of inmates of Broadmoor, and give the annual average of discharges.

Major Lloyd-George

The number of patients in Broadmoor Institution at 31st December, 1954, was 917. The average number of discharges over the five years 1950–54 was 32.

Mr. Shepherd

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend say whether, in considering suitability for discharge, he invites opinion from outside sources or whether he relies entirely upon the Home Office medical services?

Major Lloyd-George

In most cases we rely on the medical opinion of the staff.