Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients

Home Office written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people detained under section 13 of the Mental Health Act 1983 were held in police cells in (a) Liverpool, Wavertree constituency, (b) Liverpool, (c) Liverpool City Region and (d) England in each in of the last two years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office collects and publishes information on the number of persons detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983, at police force area level only.

These data were collected on a mandatory basis for the first time in 2016/17, and are published as part of the ‘Police powers and procedures, England and Wales’ statistical bulletin, which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/police-powers-and-procedures-england-and-wales-year-ending-31-march-2017

Table MHA.05c of the accompanying data tables show that, in 2016/17, nobody was detained in a police station following a section 136 detention in the Merseyside police force area. In England, 898 people in total were detained in a police station following a section 136 detention.

Figures for 2015/16 were published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and can be accessed using the following links:

http://www.npcc.police.uk/documents/S136%20Data%202015%2016.pdf.

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