HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc87-8
17. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Minister of Health which of the recommendations of the Brain Report he intends to implement during this Session.

Mr. K. Robinson

I would refer my hon. Friend to the OFFICIAL REPORT for 30th January, when the Government's plans were announced in the course of the debate on drugs. [Vol. 740, c. 167]

Mrs. Short

Is my right hon. Friend properly seized of the basic fact that he cannot make any inroad into this terrible problem unless we are prepared to spend more money on it, that if doctors are not to be allowed to prescribe, and rightly so, then there must be 24-hour psychiatric cover at the centres and that to complete after-care, proper after-treatment hostels may have to be set up?

Mr. Robinson

As my hon. Friend probably knows, I propose shortly to issue general guidance to hospital authorities about these treatment centres, but her Question refers to the recommendations of the Brain Report and, apart from the one relating to a limited power to detain addicts, it is the Government's intention to act on all the recommendations in that Report.

Mr. Deedes

When shall we see the Bill?

Mr. Robinson

That is a matter for the Home Secretary and the Leader of the House.

Mr. Braine

That is very unsatisfactory. Cannot the right hon. Gentleman at least give the House the date when these treatment centres will be set up?

Mr. Robinson

That was not the question asked by his right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Mr. Deedes).

Mr. Braine

But it is the question I am asking, and the House is entitled to an answer in the light of the Question asked by the hon. Lady the Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Renee Short).

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