§ 40. Mr. Sever
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what arrangements exist for the transmission to the police of information about patients released from mental and psychiatric care hospitals.
§ Sir George Young
The Home Office tells the police when a patient subject to restrictions on discharge under the Mental Health Act 1959 is conditionally discharged or is to be granted leave from hospital. In other cases, it is for the hospital to inform the police when considered appropriate; this Department is urgently reviewing the arrangements at the special hospitals in the light of the recent case of Ronald Sailes.