HC Deb 12 February 1980 vol 978 cc528-9W
Mr. Thomas Cox

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many men or women at each prison in England and Wales have been certified under the Mental Health Acts and are waiting for accommodation in a psychiatric hospital.

Mr. Brittan

On 31 January 1980 there was a total of 43 prisoners in respect of whom the reports specified in section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1959 had been received who were still waiting for admission to a hospital. The following table identifies the sex of those prisoners and the prison in which they were held; it also distinguishes those cases in which there has been an agreement in principle

Prison Vacancy still being sought Admission agreed in principle by hospitals managers
(1) (2) (3)
Males Females Males Females
Birmingham 4
Cardiff 1
Dartmoor 2 1
Gartree 2
Holloway 2
Leicester 1
Lincoln 1
Liverpool 1 1
Norwich 1
Parkhurst 3 3
Wakefield 3
Wandsworth 2
Winchester 1
Wormwood Scrubs 9 5
Total 29 2 12*
Grand Total 43
* 10 of these are awaiting admission to Broadmoor and 2 to local psychiatric hospitals.

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