§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally disordered prisoners requiring detention in a hospital under the terms of the Mental Health Act 1959 have so far been released from prison into the community.
§ Mr. Brittan
The readily available information is for 1979. In that year 18 out of a total of 132 prisoners recommended for transfer to hospital under section 72 of the Mental Health Act 1959 were released to the community on the expiry of their sentences of imprisonment.