§ Mr. Nigel Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average total cost per patient per week of providing in-patient care to residents of long-stay mental handicap hospitals in Wales.
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
The average total cost per patient per week is not available.
Patient treatment services for in-patients and day cases in mental handicap hospitals in Wales in 1990–91—the latest comprehensive figures available—averaged £45.80 per person per day, or £320.60 per week. Figures for general services such as catering, laundry, building and engineering maintenance, etc., which are estimated to add around a further 40 per cent. to the cost, are not included because, although they are available as an overall figure, they cannot be disaggregated into patient types.