HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 c90W
48. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mental defectives from Cornwall have been sent to prison in each of the last three years because the mental institutions of the county are full.

Mr. Vosper

During the period 1957 to 1959 no mental defectives were sent to prison by the courts in Cornwall under the provisions of Section 8 of the Mental Deficiency Act, 1913, which permit a court to deal with an offender by committing him to prison as a place of safety until the local authority can make arrangements for his admission to an institution for mental defectives. So far in 1960 one person has been committed to prison by a court in Cornwall under these provisions; he has since been removed to an institution for defectives.

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