HC Deb 15 May 1952 vol 500 cc150-1W
93. Mr. Robson Brown

asked the Minister of Health whether he will give consideration to the desirability of segregating or housing securely and with especial precautions child murderers and sexually deranged criminals, whose escape can prove to be a public menace.

Mr. lain MacLeod

This matter, among others, will be considered in the light of any recommendations that will be made by the Committee of Inquiry which was announced on Monday last.

110 and 111. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Health (1) whether persons in mental homes and criminal lunatic asylums are examined periodically in order to ascertain whether they are dangerous to other persons; (2) whether he will arrange that all persons in mental homes are examined periodically with a view to determining whether they should be released.

Mr. lain MacLeod

The existing statutory requirements already provide for periodical examinations to determine the need for continued detention. In these examinations, and in the ordinary course of medical observation and treatment, full attention is given, among other things, to the question whether the patient is potentially dangerous.