HC Deb 18 July 1929 vol 230 cc639-40W

asked the Minister of Health the ascertained number of mental defectives under and above 16 years of age, respectively, in England and Wales and the number of each category in suitable institutions; and whether he proposes to take steps to ensure the provision of adequate accommodation for these persons?


The total number of mental defectives ascertained by local authorities was 66,458 on 1st January last. Of these, 19,138 were maintained in institutions. I regret that the available statistics do not enable me to differentiate between those under and those over 16 years of age; but the total given does not include feeble-minded children for whom the local education authorities are responsible. The problem, of ensuring the provision of adequate accommodation is receiving constant attention.