§ Mr. Norman Fowler
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she is satisfied with the system for checking hostel accommodation for discharged patients from mental hospitals.
§ Dr. Owen
The Mental Health Act 1959 requires that all residential homes and hostels whose sole or main object is to provide accommodation for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped must be registered by the local authority. Local authorities have powers of inspection in order to satisfy themselves that the manager is a fit person to run such a home, that the premises are suitable and that the services and facilities provided are satisfactory.