§ Mr. Milburn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with learning disabilities have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since it came into force. 
§ Mr. Bowis
The table gives the number of formal admissions of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who were classified as "mentally impaired" or "severely mentally impaired", in England for 1987–88 to 1992–93. These include admissions to national health service facilities and private mental nursing homes authorised to detain patients under the Registered Homes Act 1984; information for special hospitals is not available centrally. Data for earlier years are not available on a comparable basis. Figures for 1993–94 and 1994–95 will be published shortly.
Admissions of formally detained patients with categories "mental impairment" or "severe mental impairment". NHS hospitals (excluding special hospitals) and private mental homes registered to detain patients. England Number admitted 1987–88 199 1988–89 268 1889–90 213 1990–91 227 1991–92 310 1992–93 252
Figures are taken from Korner returns KH15 and KO37 and relate to financial years.571W