HC Deb 27 April 1976 vol 910 cc76-7W
35. Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many suicides were committed by patients in mental hospitals last year; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Owen

In 1974, the latest year for which figures are available, the number of deaths of in-patients by suicide reported by mental illness and mental handicap hospitals and units in England and Wales for the mental health inquiry was 86.