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Cathlene Murray

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the progress being made by Cathlene Murray, at present a patient in Dovenby Hall Hospital, Cumberland; and whether he can yet state the probable approximate date of her release from detention as a mental defective.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I have written to my hon. Friend giving a full account of this case.

Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle

I thank my right hon. Friend for his letter. Is he aware that this letter, which forecasts the reasonably early release of this girl, after twenty years' detention as a mental defective, is extremely welcome? Does he agree that if this young lady's case had had the sympathy and understanding twenty years ago that it has had in recent months hers would have been a very different story? Will he bear individual cases such as this in mind in framing fresh legislation, which we expect in the near future?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I am obliged to my hon. Friend for what he said about my action. I do not think I can usefully go back into the past, but, in regard to the future, I am always very happy to discuss these matters with my hon. Friend.