HC Deb 20 June 1996 vol 279 cc570-1W
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. [33369]

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.
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.