§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the weekly cost of food per patient in a mental hospital; and what is the comparable figure for other hospitals.
§ Mr. Fairgrieve
In 1978–79, the latest year for which figures are available, the average sum spent on provisions at psychiatric hospitals was £5.61 per patient week and at all hospitals other than psychiatric £6.62 per week.
These averages conceal a wide range of costs for individual hospitals, from £4.47 to £7.49 for psychiatric hospitals and from £3.94 to £11.92 for other hospitals.