HC Deb 03 November 1980 vol 991 cc473-4W
Mr. Edward Gardner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects to issue guidelines on the level of security required in an interim secure unit.

Sir George Young

The report of the departmental working party on security in NHS psychiatric hospitals, issued in July 1974 with circular HSC(IS)61, gave guidance on the provision of security in regional secure units and was supplemented in July 1975 by the regional security units design guidelines. This guidance has provided a basis on which health authorities can decide the level of security needed in interim secure facilities in the light of the type, location, size and operational policy of the facilities being provided.

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