Below is the text of Mr Major's written Parliamentary Answer on Psychiatric Beds on 23rd October 1986.
Mr. Ashley Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many psychiatric
Mr. Major In 1985, the latest year for which figures are available centrally, the
average daily number of available beds in mental illness specialities per 100,000
population in England was 161. Information for the rest of Great Britain is a matter
for the my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Scotland and Wales. Information
is not held centrally on the corresponding figures for psychiatric beds where the
staff are able to communicate with pre-