§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in prison department custody on 31 December 1980 satisfied the Mental Health Act criteria for detention for psychiatric treatment: and, of these, how many were under 21 years of age.
§ Mr. Mayhew
On 31 December 1980 there were 324 inmates who, in the opinion of the prison medical officer, were suffering from mental disorder of a nature of degree to warrant detention in a psychiatric hospital. Thirty nine of these were under 21.