§ Mr. Prescott
asked the Minister of Health the number of illegitimate births in the United Kingdom for 1933, 1938, 1943, 1945 and 1946, respectively.
§ Mr. Bevan
On 1st January, 1946, the total number of male patients between 16 and 64 in mental hospitals and similar institutions under the Lunacy and Mental Treatment Acts was 46,556. The number of male mental patients in this age group in public assistance institutions or general 283W hospitals was about 3,500, but precise statistics are not available In mental deficiency institutions the number of male patients over the age of 16 was 24,641.