provided 513 additional beds for mentally defective patients since 1948, the majority of which are occupied by patients from Essex, and it is hoped to provide a further 170 beds within the next two years. In addition, the county council is considering the provision of some accommodation for cases needing residential but not hospital care.
While it is, of course, good news that the number of child mental defectives has decreased, the overall figure has. I understand, increased and there are still children in the county, in my constituency in particular, for whom accommodation is unable to be found. Will my hon. Friend ensure that effort is made to speed up the action which the county authority apparently contemplates taking?