HC Deb 22 June 1988 vol 135 c558W
Mrs. Gillian Shephard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many mentally disordered offenders are presently in prison in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

On 30 September last year, the most recent date for which figures are available, 315 inmates of prison department establishments in England and Wales were, in the opinion of medical officers, suffering from mental disorder of a nature or degree with would satisfy the criteria in the Mental Health Act 1983 for detention in hospital for medical treatment.

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