HC Deb 09 December 1986 vol 107 c102W
Mr. Raynsford

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the latest estimate of the number of inmates in Her Majesty's prisons who are suffering from mental illness.

Mr. Mellor

On 30 September there were 339 inmates in prison custody in England and Wales who had a disorder which, in the opinion of the Medical Officer, was of a nature or degree which would make it appropriate for them to be detained in hospital under the terms of the Mental Health Act 1983.