HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 cc928-30W
Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which prisons have mental health in-reach services; [68054]

(2) pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 127W, what the distribution to young offender institutions is; and if he will make a statement; [68269]

(3) pursuant to his answer of 13 February 2002, Official Report, column 470W, on prisons with no mental health in-reach services, if he will list the prisons for which mental health in-reach services are planned by 2004. [68264]

Jacqui Smith

During 2001–02 mental health in-reach services were being established in the following 18 prisons in England:

  • HMP Birmingham
  • HMP Belmarsh
  • HMP Brixton
  • HMP/YOI Bullwood Hall
  • HMP/YOI Chelmsford
  • HMP Durham
  • HMP/YOURC Eastwood Park
  • HMYOI/RCFeltham
  • HMP Frankland
  • HMP/YOI Holloway
  • HMP Leeds
  • HMP Leicester
  • HMP Pentonville
  • HMP Wandsworth
  • HMP Whitemoor
  • HMP Winchester
  • HMP Woodhill
  • HMP Wormwood Scrubs.

It is planned to establish in-reach services in the following 26 further prisons in England during 2002–03:

  • HMP/YOI Ashfield
  • HMP Bedfor
  • HMP Blakenhurst
  • HMP Bristol
  • HMP/YOU/RC Brockhill
  • HMP Dorchester
  • HMP/YOI/RC Exeter
  • HMYOI/RC Glen Parva
  • HMP Holme House
  • HMP Hull
  • HMP/YOI Lewes
  • HMP Lincoln
  • HMP Liverpool
  • HMP Long Lartin
  • HMP Manchester
  • HMP/YOI Moorland
  • HMP/YOI New Hall
  • HMP/YOI Norwich
  • HMP Nottingham
  • HMYOI/RC Onley
  • HMP Parkhurst
  • HMYOI Portland
  • HMP Preston
  • HMP Rochester
  • HMP/YOI Styal
  • HMP Wakefield.

The distribution of new mental health in-reach services for 2003–04 has not yet been decided.

Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings have taken place between Ministers in his Department and Home Office Ministers since 27 February concerning mental health services in prisons; [68053]

(2) when he last met the Home Secretary to discuss the training of prison nurses to carry out mental health assessments. [68056]

Jacqui Smith

We are in regular contact with our counterparts in the Home Office on a range of prison health issues, including mental health services in prisons and the training of nurses and other health care staff working in prisons.

Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 April 2002,Official Report, column 457W, on mental health, what conclusions have emerged from the work of the Homelessness Directorate as to the reasons for refusals of offers of help by rough sleepers in so far as they relate to health issues. [68265]

Jacqui Smith

The reasons why some rough sleepers refuse help are complex. A significant proportion of those rough sleepers who are still sleeping rough have some kind of mental health problem, and the large majorityhave some physical health problems. These health needsare often compounded by alcohol and drug misuse.

The Homelessness Directorate's report, 'More than a roof', acknowledges that there is much more work to be done to help those that remain on the street and that addressing their health needs is a critical part to help them to start to rebuild their lives.

The Department is working with the Homelessness Directorate to ensure that there are appropriate and effective health services for vulnerable rough sleepers that will enable them to get relevant treatment for their health needs. The Mental Health Bill will also help to target services on some of those who are unable to request treatment for themselves.

Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places have been delivered at Rampton and Broadmoor for dangerous and severe personality disorder sufferers. [68055]

Jacqui Smith

Work is well under way to deliver tv new units at Rampton and Broadmoor that will deliver 140 places for people suffering from dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD). There will be a 70–bed unit at each special hospital and both developments are currently on target for completion by 2004.

Mr. Heald

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to publish the consultation responses he received in respect of the draft Mental Health Bill.

Jacqui Smith

[holding answer 8 July 2002]: The consultation responses received in respect of the draft Mental Health Bill will he made publicly available subject to respondents' requests for confidentiality.

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