HC Deb 05 July 1993 vol 228 c37W
Mr. Clifton-Brown

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1985.

Mr. Ancram

The Mental Health Act 1983 does not apply in Northern Ireland. The equivalent legislation is the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 of which article 4 applies to admissions to hospital for assessment. The number of admissions from 1986 are as follows:

Year Number of admissions
1986 691
1987 539
1988–89 788
1989–90 771
1990–91 566
1991–92 642
1992–93 635

The numbers are of admissions, not persons, as a person could be admitted more than once during the year. Data for 1988–89 onwards are on a financial year basis.