§ Mr. Rosindell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on anti-ligature policies for standard NHS environments. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
Following the Chief Medical Officer's report 'An Organisation with a Memory', a Department of Health directive was issued requiring all1680W local mental health services to remove all non-collapsible bed and shower curtain rails in all in-patient settings. This has now been achieved.
The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness made a number of recommendations that included a requirement that all in-patient wards should remove or cover all likely ligature points. The Department of Health supports these recommendations and has published a toolkit to help local mental health services implement them.
Finally, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) plays a key role in bringing patient safety to a national level, enabling the entire National Health Service to learn from incidents and make itself safer.