Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what funding the Department of Health provided to (a) the mental health charity Combat Stress and (b) Hollybush House in each year between 2001 and 2006;

(2) what funding her Department plans to allocate to the mental health charity Combat Stress in each of the next five years.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department in England has not provided funding to Combat Stress or any of its treatment centres in the last five years and currently has no plans to do so.

The Ministry of Defence meets individual costs relating to war pensioners who undergo remedial treatment at one of the two Combat Stress homes in England for conditions related to their individual war pensioned disablement. For details of Ministry of Defence expenditure since 2001 in respect of individual remedial treatment of qualifying war pensioners at Combat Stress Homes in England, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend Derek Twigg, on 12 December 2006, Hansard, column 933W. The Ministry of Defence also made a grant of £100,000 towards the costs of modernising accommodation at Hollybush House. Separate funding is provided from the Scottish Health Board for treatment of war pensioners at Hollybush House and towards its modernisation.

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