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Asylum Seekers (Children)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children seeking asylum who have arrived in the UK in the last five years have been placed as children in care. [67635]

Jacqui Smith: Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are being separately identified for the first time in the Department's statistical collections on looked-after children for the year ending 31 March 2002. At present these data are still being collected and validated. It is anticipated that preliminary figures will be available in the autumn of 2002.

Mental Illness

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued in 2001–02 for medicines used to treat mental illness. [68052]

Jacqui Smith: The number of prescription items dispensed in the community in England for the treatment of mental illness during the financial year ending 31 March 2002 is given in the table.

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Information about the diagnosis for which the drugs were prescribed is not available. Drugs used to treat mental illness have therefore been defined as those within British National Formulary paragraphs Hypnotics and anxiolytics (4.1), Drugs used in psychoses and related disorders ( 4.2) and Antidepressant drugs ( 4.3).

Prescription items dispensed in the community for treatment of mental illness, for the year ending 31 March 2002

Prescription items (thousands)
England BNF description1 April 2001– 31 March 2002
4.1 Hypnotics and anxiolytics16,687
4.1.1 Hypnotics10,646
Chloral and derivative165
Other hypnotics3,838
4.1.2 Anxiolytics5,989
Other anxiolytics116
4.1.3 Barbiturates52
4.2 Drugs used in psychoses and related disorders5,680
4.2.1 Antipsychotic drugs4,722
Atypical Antipsychotics1,998
4.2.2 Antipsychotic depot injections199
4.2.3 Antimanic drugs759
4.3 Antidepressant drugs24,787
4.3.1 Tricyclic and related antidepressant drugs9,770
Tricyclic antidepressants9,241
Related antidepressants529
4.3.2 Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)91
4.3.3 SSRIs12,399
4.3.4 Other antidepressant drugs2,528


1. The therapeutic classifications are based on British National Formulary, Number 42 (September 2001).

2. These data are based on items dispensed by community pharmacists, appliance contractors, dispensing doctors and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered. The data are from the Prescription Cost Analysis system.

Mental Health

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which prisons have mental health in-reach services; [68054]

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Jacqui Smith: During 2001–02 mental health in-reach services were being established in the following 18 prisons in England:

It is planned to establish in-reach services in the following 26 further prisons in England during 2002–03:

The distribution of new mental health in-reach services for 2003–04 has not yet been decided.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what meetings have taken place between Ministers in his Department and Home Office Ministers since 27 February concerning mental health services in prisons; [68053]

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Jacqui Smith: We are in regular contact with our counterparts in the Home Office on a range of prison health issues, including mental health services in prisons and the training of nurses and other health care staff working in prisons.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 457W, on mental health, what conclusions have emerged from the work of the Homelessness Directorate as to the reasons for refusals of offers of help by rough sleepers in so far as they relate to health issues. [68265]

Jacqui Smith: The reasons why some rough sleepers refuse help are complex. A significant proportion of those rough sleepers who are still sleeping rough have some kind of mental health problem, and the large majority have some physical health problems. These health needs are often compounded by alcohol and drug misuse.

The Homelessness Directorate's report, 'More than a roof', acknowledges that there is much more work to be done to help those that remain on the street and that addressing their health needs is a critical part to help them to start to rebuild their lives.

The Department is working with the Homelessness Directorate to ensure that there are appropriate and effective health services for vulnerable rough sleepers that will enable them to get relevant treatment for their health needs. The Mental Health Bill will also help to target services on some of those who are unable to request treatment for themselves.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places have been delivered at Rampton and Broadmoor for dangerous and severe personality disorder sufferers. [68055]

Jacqui Smith: Work is well under way to deliver two new units at Rampton and Broadmoor that will deliver 140 places for people suffering from dangerous and severe personality disorder (DSPD). There will be a 70-bed unit at each special hospital and both developments are currently on target for completion by 2004.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to publish the consultation responses he received in respect of the draft Mental Health Bill. [67962]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 8 July 2002]: The consultation responses received in respect of the draft Mental Health Bill will be made publicly available subject to respondents' requests for confidentiality.

Care Homes

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department plans to publicise the amendment to Regulation 5 of the Care Homes Regulations 2001 to (a) local authorities, (b) care home owners and (c) residents and their families; [43897]

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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 18 March 2002]: The draft amendment to Care Home Regulations 2001 was issued for consultation on 19 June for comments by 18 July. A copy has been placed on the Department's website at The national health service and local authorities were notified via the chief executive's bulletin on 21 June. Copies of the draft regulations have also been sent direct to the bodies that represent the interests of providers and the elderly and care home residents and their relatives. It is, of course, open to any individual or organisation to comment on the proposed amendments.

Care Homes (Darlington)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes have been closed and (b) care beds have been lost in each year since 1997 in the Darlington constituency. [53327]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 29 April 2002]: Information on care homes and places is not available at constituency level. The available information presented in the table shows the number of registered care homes and places in the Durham area at 31 March each year.

Residential and nursing care homes and places in Durham area at 31 March

Residential care homes(26) Nursing care homes, hospitals and clinics(27),(28)

(26) Information for 1997 is presented for Durham county council, and following local government re-organisation, information for 1998 onwards is presented for the remaining part of Durham county council and Darlington unitary authority.

(27) Information is presented for County Durham and Darlington health authority.

(28) Information for 1997 relates to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.


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