There are now 400 mentally defective children in hospital in County Durham and 85 on the county council's waiting list. In addition to the expansion of hospital accommodation referred to in my reply to the hon. Member's Question on 10th November, 1958, further work has been authorised at Prudhoe hospital at an estimated cost of nearly £500,000.
In spite of these very welcome improvements, is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is still a grave shortage of accommodation for these people? Will he pay particular attention to the case which I sent to the Minister a few days ago concerning a boy in a children's home who is a menace to the health of the other people there?