§ Mr. Alan Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the correct re-detention rate for violent offenders released prematurely from Broadmoor hospital.
§ Dr. Vaughan
[pursuant to his reply, 9 June 1980, c.65]: I regret that information in the form requested is not available. In the five years 1 January 1975 to 31 December 1979, 391 patients from Broadmoor hospital were discharged into the community or transferred to local hospitals. In the same period 15 patients were re-admitted to the hospital from the community, 20 from local hospitals, 17 from the courts and four from prisons. It is not possible to identify readily the number of these who had left Broadmoor hospital during the five-year period or in how many cases the re-admission followed an offence involving violence. There may also be former Broadmoor patients who, after a period in the community, have been detained in local psychiatric hospitals under the provision of the Mental Health Act 1959 and some may be serving prison sentences, but the 340W number of such ex-patients is not available centrally.