§ Mr. ATKINSON
asked the Minister of Health how many voluntary patients have been received under Section 1 (1) of the Mental Treatment Act, 1930; how ninny of them have been permitted to leave; and how many of them have been turned into compulsory patients under Section 3 (2) or otherwise?
Sir H. YOUNG
The Mental Treatment Act came into operation on 1st January, 1931, and the latest figures available are for the year ending 31st December, 1931. During that year 3,984 persons were received as voluntary patients and 2,420 left. Fifty-five became temporary patients and 205 were certified. The number of patients in respect of whom action was taken under Section 3 (2) of the Act is negligible, but a precise figure cannot be given without an examination of a large number of documents which cannot be undertaken at the present time.