§ 93. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made during the past 12 months in providing accommodation for mental deficients; and approximately how many mental deficients are now awaiting suitable institutional accommodation.
§ Mr. Bevan
Premises acquired by local authorities will provide 160 beds in the immediate future. Further accommodation will be available in the new year in three mental deficiency colonies released by Service Departments. Mental defectives awaiting institutional accommodation were 3,890 on 1st January last, the latest date for which comprehensive figures are available.