§ Mr. Freeman
Several research projects about alternative provision to mental hospitals have been funded by the Department, and I will send the hon. Member a list and place a copy in the Library when this is ready.
In addition, Ministers have recently set in hand work to get a clearer picture of the development of services across the country for people with a mental illness. The objective is to provide Ministers with a properly informed basis for considering whether there are any steps it would be right and practical to take to improve the care of mentally ill people.