§ Mr. Clifton-Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Bowis
Formal admissions to national health service hospitals, private nursing homes and special hospitals under section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the five years for which data are available are shown in the table.
Year Section 2 of the Mental Health Act 1983, England 1985 7,902 1986 8,387 1987–88 8,867 1988–89 9,517 1989–90 9,534
The numbers are of admissions, not persons, as a person could be admitted more than once during the year. Data for 1987–88 onwards are on a financial year basis.