Miss Kathleen Rutty

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th December 1958.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Erith and Crayford 12:00 am, 8th December 1958

asked the Minister of Health how long Miss Kathleen Rutty was detained as a mental defective; what money was given to her on discharge; and what compensation has since been paid to her.

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

From 21st June, 1948, to 21st February, 1956. The answer to the second and third parts of the Question is, "None."

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Erith and Crayford

If people have been found to have been held illegally, why is some money not given to them when they are allowed out into the community to help them thoroughly to rehabilitate themselves?

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

At the time of the lady's discharge on 21st February, 1956, she was on licence in the care of her half-brother and in remunerative employment at the time, and therefore she did not require a grant from the hospital. She has, in fact, made no claim for any compensation.