HC Deb 09 March 1955 vol 538 cc444-5
44 and 45. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he is aware of the overcrowding and unsatisfactory conditions in the Hong Kong Mental Hospital; and what steps he is taking to improve the position at this hospital;

(2) what plans he has for additional mental hospital accommodation in Hong Kong; and when these are likely to be implemented.

Mr. Hopkinson

A new mental hospital is planned with accommodation for 500 patients. The first stage, consisting of a custodial home of 120 beds, should be completed by March, 1956, and will reduce overcrowding in the present hospital.

Mr. Robinson

Is it not a fact that the intended hospital is about 20miles away from the centre of population? Is it not essential that there should be provision where the main body of the population is—in Hong Kong?

Mr. Hopkinson

I think we are all well aware of the state of overcrowding in the hospitals in Hong Kong. It is a matter which we are considering. I shall bear in mind the point the hon. Gentleman has made.