§ Mr. Parkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the most recent estimate of the average ocst of a patient in a local authority hostel for the mentally ill and a local authority hostel for the mentally handicapped in England and Wales; and how this average cost is calculated.
§ Dr. Owen
The approximate weekly cost of maintaining a resident in a local authority home or hostel for the mentally
England Wales 1973–74 1974–75 (Provisional) 1973–74 1974–75 (Provisional) Mental Illness Hospitals … … £36.60 £53.48 £38.81 £56.84 Mental Handicap Hospitals … … £33.68 £47.11 £38.01 £54.04