§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1985.
§ Mr. Ancram
The Mental Health Act 1983 does not apply in Northern Ireland. The equivalent legislation is the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 of which article 4 applies to admissions to hospital for assessment. The number of admissions from 1986 are as follows:
Year Number of admissions 1986 691 1987 539 1988–89 788 1989–90 771 1990–91 566 1991–92 642 1992–93 635
The numbers are of admissions, not persons, as a person could be admitted more than once during the year. Data for 1988–89 onwards are on a financial year basis.