§ 75. Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of Health what provision was made by way of occupation centres for mental defectives in 1939; what was the position at the inception of the National Health Service; and what progress has since been made.
§ Mr. Marquand
In 1939 there were 178 centres providing 4,244 places. This number decreased during the war and by July, 1948, there were 110, providing 4,000 places. At the present time there are 218 centres (including a few clubs and centres run by voluntary bodies) providing in all 6,500 places.