HC Deb 10 March 1958 vol 584 c1W
1. Mr. Hale

asked the Minister of Health the extent of overcrowding of mental hospitals as at the most recent convenient date; and what steps are being taken to deal with this problem.

Mr. Walker-Smith

In England and Wales, 14 per cent. at the end of 1956. The percentage has been falling since 1953, and continued reduction is hoped for as the result of improved methods of treatment leading to earlier discharge; of the extension of out-patient and domiciliary and rehabilitation services; and of the provision of more beds in mental and other hospitals and in local authority homes.